Egyptian Steatite Scarab with Hieroglyphs


A steatite Egyptian scarab with incised features such as the clypeus prothorax and elytra marked by single lines. The scarab is decorated to the reverse with various hieroglyphs including the signs ‘kheper’, ‘men’ and ‘re’, which join to form the prenomen of Thutmosis III as Menkheperre. Two Ma’at feathers are placed either side of the ‘kheper’ scarab sign. The scarab is pierced longitudinally for suspension.

Date: Circa 1550 - 1070 BC
Period: New Kingdom Period
Provenance: Ex major S.M., London, Collection 1970-2010.
Condition: Excellent condition.


SKU: AH-1028 Category: Tags: ,

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.

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

Weight 1.38 g
Dimensions L 1.5 cm

Egyptian Mythology



Reference: For Similar: The Isreal Museum, Jerusalem, item N000344