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"Marriage Scarab" of Amunhotep III and Queen Tiye

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor

In the first eleven years of his reign, Amunhotep III issued more than 200 large scarabs (beetle-shaped amulets) inscribed with descriptions of important events, such as a wild cattle hunt or the building of an artificial lake. Of these commemorative scarabs, 56 list the king's complete titulary, the boundaries of the empire, and Queen Tiye's title and parents' names. This formal statement of Tiye's lineage and her official link to Amunhotep III has led most Egyptologists to call these objects "marriage scarabs" even though they do not mention the royal union.

MEDIUM Faience, glazed
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1390-1353 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XVIII Dynasty
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 1 1/8 x 1 15/16 x 2 3/4 in. (2.8 x 5 x 7 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.475E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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    CAPTION "Marriage Scarab" of Amunhotep III and Queen Tiye, ca. 1390-1353 B.C.E. Faience, glazed, 1 1/8 x 1 15/16 x 2 3/4 in. (2.8 x 5 x 7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.475E. Creative Commons-BY
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