Egyptian Cylindrical Faience Amulet with Engraved Cartouche


A fine Egyptian turquoise glazed faience amulet engraved with a cartouche. The amulet is cylindrical in shape and perforated through the middle, allowing the amulet to be strung and worn by its owner. Engraved on the amulet is a cartouche containing three hieroglyph signs– rꜤ (Ra), mn (Men), ḫpr (kheper). The determination of the second sign (mn) is less certain. Assuming the reading is rꜤ (Ra), mn (Men), ḫpr (kheper) from top to bottom, the cartouche would have referred to the throne name of Thutmose III – Men-Kheper-Ra, Lasting is the Manifestation of Ra. Ra is inscribed in front due to the honorific transposition where hieroglyphs referring to divinities and royalties are placed in forward positions, regardless of regular grammatical order. The amulet is pierced through the centre.

Date: 1550-332 BC
Period: New Kingdom - Late Period
Condition: Fine condition, some wear with age.
Blank : Good condition. Signs of wear and degradation consistent with age. A small chip to the left of the scarab sign.


SKU: XJ-29 Category: Tags: , ,

Thutmosis III meaning “Thoth is born” was a New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, pharaoh from 1479-1425 BC, ascending the throne at 2 years old, he was co-regent with his aunt, Hatsheput, for the first 22 years of his reign. Following many successful military campaigns, Thutmosis III expanded the Egyptian empire to its largest extent, conquering land in Syria and Nubia. Thutmosis III’s reign also saw some significant developments in the arts including new forms in monument and sculpture. He is often considered one of ancient Egypt’s greatest kings.

Not all scarabs bearing a royal name are contemporaneous to the ruling pharaoh. Some kings were held in particularly high regard, and thus their name appears on scarabs hundreds of years after their reign. Thutmosis III of Dynasty XVIII was particularly honoured in this way, with his praenomen, Men-Kheper-Re, used on scarabs for a period of circa 1000 years. Men-Kheper-Re translates as ‘Established by the image of Re’. Hence this particular seal would likely be a later commemorative amulet rather than contemporaneous.

To find out more about Ancient Egyptian amulets please see our relevant blog post: Egyptian Amulets and their Meanings.

Weight 1.83 g
Dimensions W 0.6 x H 2.2 cm

Egyptian Pharaohs


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