Foundation deposit, scarab

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 27.3.191



Dimensions Width 1.3cm

Material(s) glazed steatite

Cowroid seal made of green 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 and the whole inscription on the cowroid is verically oriented too. Back of the seal is decorated with the pattern resembling the setting of a swivel ring bezel. Length 1.8cm. 

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).