About this object

Steatite scarab seal mounted on original bronze shank as a finger ring. The scarab itself is decorated on one side with details of the wings, head and legs. The other side is inscribed with hieroglyphs including a raised cobra, a 'nb' sign and a representation of Thoth as a baboon. It is pierced through the length for mounting on a ring. The bronze ring itself is broken in two parts. One part is still attached to the seal through the hole, and the other part is kept separately. The ring is corroded. Measurements above correspond to the seal only. Together with the ring, the entire object measures roughly 30mm in length. From tomb 617: a disturbed burial containing "a muddle of bones of five people".

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Ornament
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date made
    1550 BC - 1186 BC
  • Materials
    Steatite ; Bronze
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum
  • Collector
    Egypt Exploration Society
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date collected
    1925 - 1926
  • Measurements
    20 mm x 15.5 mm x 10 mm
  • Note
    Old label says "Abydos 1926, 617".
  • Related people
    East Anglia Egyptian Society ( Previous owner); Egypt Exploration Society ( Collector, previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery ( Previous owner)

Explore related


  • The Cemeteries of Abydos: Work of the Season 1925-26 in Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 16

    Henri Frankfort

    Author: Henri Frankfort
    Publisher: Egypt Exploration Society
    Date: 1930
    Description: Henri Frankfort 'The Cemeteries of Abydos: Work of the Season 1925-26' in Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 16 (1930) pp.213-219.


  • Egypt Exploration Society Excavations at Abydos 1925 - 1926

    Start date: 1925
    End date: 1925
    Description: Excavations directed by Henri Frankfort for the Egypt Exploration Society resumed at Abydos in 1925. Only a summary of the results were published by Frankfort in the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 16, pp. 213-219. World Museum did not subscribe to this excavation but in 1956 the museum purchased much of Norwich Castle Museum's Egyptian collection which contained Egypt Exploration Society excavated material donated by the East Anglia Egyptian Society who subscribed to the EES excavations at Abydos and Amarna. We have 19 items from these excavations.


Previous owners

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