Scarab Seal

M14339

On display

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.