Scarab Seal

56.21.509f

About this object

Steatite scarab seal originally decorated on one side with details of the wings, head and legs, but now badly damaged. The other side is inscribed with hieroglyphs, inlcuding a bee, a 'nbw' (gold) sign, and two 'ankh' signs. It is pierced through the length for suspension. Forgery?

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1580 - 1295 BC (Dynasty 17 BC - 18)
  • Materials
    Steatite
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    Cronshy
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1851
  • Measurements
    20.5 mm x 13.5 mm x 9 mm
  • Related people
    Cronshy (Collector, previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner)

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1925
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Cronshy

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1925
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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