Cowroid with the prenomen of Hatshepsut

Foundation deposit, scarab

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 27.3.274



Material(s) glazed steatite

Cowroid made of green glazed steatite. Back of the amulet is carved with a decorative pattern that suggests the setting of a swivel ring bezel. On the base there is an inscription with Hatshepsut prenomen: "Maat-ka-Ra, the Lord of Two Lands, may she live (Mȝʿ.t-kȝ-Rʿ nb tȝ.wj ʿnḫ.tj)". Inscription is oriented in two columns, tj-sign is located behind the name of Hatshepsut. Inscription is oriented vertically on the scarab.

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).