Foundation deposit, cowroid

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 27.3.180



Dimensions Width 1.3cm, Height 0.5cm

Material(s) glazed steatite

Cowroid seal made of blue glazed steatite. On the base there is an inscription in incised hieroglyphs: "God's wife, Hatshepsut (ḥm.t nṯr ḥȝt-šps.wt)". Signs are vertically orietnted to the right. Back of the cowroid is decoarted with the image of tilapia eating water plants. Decorative pattern around this image resembles the setting of a swivel ring bezel. Length 1.9cm.

Katarzyna Kapiec


Excavated by the H.E. Winlock (Metropolitan Museum of Art) in the temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari in 1926-1927. Gained by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1927 in the division of finds (Rogers Fund).