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Scarab Seal for a Mendes Ram

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Steatite
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES 305–30 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Ptolemaic Period
    DIMENSIONS 1/2 x 13/16 x 1 1/8 in. (1.3 x 2.1 x 2.9 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Black glazed scarab seal bearing, on the base the inscription: “Osiris, Ram of Mendes”. The head is small, and the clypeus notched. The rear edge of the prothorax is straight; the wing cases are striated. The prothorax and elytra have borders consisting of single narrow bands of raised dots. The separation of the wing cases from each other is effected by a double band of raised dots. The legs are modelled in relief, and the hairs are not indicated. The legs may have been added to the body as they are modelled almost on their interior surfaces. There seems to be four sets of legs. Condition: Glaze rubbed off on prothorax.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Scarab Seal for a Mendes Ram, 305–30 B.C.E. Steatite, 1/2 x 13/16 x 1 1/8 in. (1.3 x 2.1 x 2.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.528E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR_37.528E_view04.jpg)
    IMAGE bottom, CUR_37.528E_view04.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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