About this object

Green glazed steatite scarab with flat base carved with Hatshepsut's throne name, Maatkare, enclosed in a cartouche. This name may be roughly translated as Maat (the goddess of truth) is the life force of Re (the sun god). Before the cartouche is a large hieroglyph of a bee which can be translated as kingship, and is part of a title belonging to the pharaoh. The nb basket beneath may be a filler or could be translated as lord. The scarab is pierced through the length and originally attached to a bronze ring which has now broken away (accession number 4.9.07.22b). It comes from tomb no. 152 at Deir Rifa, excavated by Sir Flinders Petrie, who noted that the scarab allowed him to date different forms of pottery at Deir Rifa to the mid 18th Dynasty.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Deir Rifa
  • Date made
    1473 BC - 1458 BC (Dynasty 18: Reign of Hatshepsut)
  • Materials
    Steatite
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the British School of Archaeology in Egypt, 1907
  • Collector
    British School of Archaeology in Egypt
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Deir Rifa
  • Date collected
    1907
  • Measurements
    8 mm x 14 mm x 19 mm
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Publications

  • Gizeh and Rifeh

    Petrie, William Matthew Flinders

    Author: Petrie, William Matthew Flinders
    Publisher: British School of Archaeology in Egypt
    Date: 1907
    Description: Publication of the British School of Archaeology in Egypt excavations at Giza and Deir Rifa (1906 - 1907).

Events

  • British School of Archaeology in Egypt Excavations at Deir Rifa, 1907

    Start date: 1907-01-10
    End date: 1907-01-10
    Description: Excavation directed by Flinders Petrie for the British School of Archaeology in Egypt. The museum gave financial sponsorship and in return received a share of the finds that were allowed to be exported by the Egyptian authorities. The committee of the British School of Archaeology in Egypt donated 21 objects that were accessioned on 4 April 1907, accession series 4.9.07.8-28. All but 1 of the pottery soul-houses survived the fire which destroyed the museum in 1941. The excavtions were published in Flinders Petrie, 'Gizeh and Rifeh' (London, 1907). For more information visit the Digital Egypt for Universities website: http://www.digitalegypt.ucl.ac.uk/rifeh/index.html

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