About this object

Scarab shaped seal carved from steatite originally glazed green which has now gone to dark brown. Carved inscription on the base which may read: "Favoured of Khonsu, Thoth and Maat" or "Favoured of Khonsu and Maat". Khonsu is written out in hieroglyphs at the top. Below is a baboon which may represent Thoth, although Khonsu was also a lunar deity and he is sometimes represented by a baboon. Facing the baboon is a hes vase, representing praise/favour, and a feather, representing Maat. The neb basket sign at the bottom is probably a filler character. Good technique. Slightly chipped on the back. Pierced through the length for suspension. There is the remains of a metal ring within the threading hole.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1295 BC - 1186 BC (Dynasty 19)
  • Materials
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer, 1867
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    21 mm x 15 mm x 9 mm; 13/16 in x 9/16 in x 3/8 in
  • Note
    Hand-copy of the inscription by Professor Newberry on the Newberry-Peet record card.
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer ( Collector, previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
Object view = Humanities
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