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Commemorative Lion Hunt Scarab of Amunhotep III

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Steatite, glaze
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1390-1352 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Amunhotep III
    DIMENSIONS 1 5/16 x 2 5/16 x 3 7/16 in. (3.4 x 5.8 x 8.7 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.477E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Commemorative Lion Hunt Scarab of Amunhotep III, ca. 1390-1352 B.C.E. Steatite, glaze, 1 5/16 x 2 5/16 x 3 7/16 in. (3.4 x 5.8 x 8.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.477E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.477E_threequarter_PS9.jpg)
    IMAGE threequarter, 37.477E_threequarter_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Glazed steatite scarab of Amenhotep III. On the base of the scarab is inscribed the following text: “Live Horus, The Mighty- Bull in truth, The Nebty Establisher- of- Laws, he who quiets the Two Lands, The Horus of Gold Great- for- Strength, the smiter of the asiatics, the King of Upper and Lower Egypt Nebmaatre, Son of Re Amenhotep, Ruler of Thebes, may he be given life, (and) the King’s Wife Tiy, give life. Statement of lions which (the King) brought back by means of his own arrows (in the period of) Year 1 to Year 10: 10 (2) lions.” The scarab has notched clypeus, and a prothorax which curves towards the rear. The legs are given in relief, and the piece is pierced from front to rear for suspension. There is a triangle incised on each wing case. Condition: Many chips on back and base; bluish green glaze only preserved in spots.
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