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Scarab

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

CULTURES Egyptian; Nubian
MEDIUM Steatite, glaze
DATES ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E.
DYNASTY late Dynasty 18 to early Dynasty 19
PERIOD New Kingdom
DIMENSIONS 5/16 x 1/2 x 11/16 in. (0.8 x 1.3 x 1.8 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 38.547
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Egyptian. Scarab, ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E. Steatite, glaze, 5/16 x 1/2 x 11/16 in. (0.8 x 1.3 x 1.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society, 38.547. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.38.547_negA_print_bw.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.38.547_negA_print_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Glazed steatite scarab. The scarab is of conventional form and of exceptionally fine workmanship. It is carefully pierced as if to be set in a ring. It was originally glazed with a brilliant blue-green glaze of which extensive traces remain in the interstices. The hieroglyphs on the base are rather crudely cut. Surmounting them is an unidentified sign. The determinative for woman is clearly discernible so it seems probable that the inscription contains the name of a lady of the period. Condition: Glaze worn slightly, long crack running across upper part.
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