Scarab of Hatshepsut

Foundation deposit, scarab

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 27.3.240



Dimensions Width 1.2cm

Material(s) glazed steatite

Scarab made of green glazed steatite. Type 5[1] - back with marked prothorax and elytra and V-shaped marking on either wing-case. On the base there is an inscription with Hatshepsut prenomen: Maat-ka-Ra, may she live (or livning) (Mȝʿ.t-kȝ-Rʿ ʿnḫ.tj). Inscription is flanked with the images of red crown from left and right side. Hieroglyphes are oriented vertically on the scarab, but the whole inscription is oriented horizontally. Length 1.6cm.


  1. ^ 1394: Scarab-shaped seals. Catalogue général des antiquités des égyptiennes du Musée de Caire, nos. 36001-37521 - - 1907 - Newberry, Percy E..

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).