Egyptian Steatite Scarab with Hieroglyphs


A steatite Egyptian scarab with incised hieroglyphs to the reverse.  The moulded obverse is detailed with particular attention paid to the clypeus, head and protruding notched legs. Incised indentations mark the humeral callosities. The scarab is decorated to the reverse with various hieroglyphs, with a central prominent cartouche. Encircled are the hieroglyphs are the signs ‘kheper’, ‘men’ and ‘re’, which join to form the prenomen of Thutmosis III as Menkheperre. Two winged scarab hieroglyphs flank the cartouche. The scarab is pierced longitudinally for suspension.

Date: Circa 1550 - 1070 BC
Period: New Kingdom Period
Provenance: Ex Sasson family coll., Jerusalem (since 1925).
Condition: Excellent condition. With clear detailing to the obverse and hieroglyps and evidence of glaze remaining.


SKU: AH-1061 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.

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 3.45 g
Dimensions L 1.9 x W 1.4 cm

Egyptian Pharaohs



Reference: For similar iconography: Liverpool World Museum, UK, item