Scarab of Hatshepsut

Foundation deposit, scarab

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 27.3.241



Dimensions Width 1.2cm

Material(s) glazed steatite

Scarab made of green glazed steatite. Type 4[1] - back with marked prothorax and elytra. On the base there is an inscription with Hatshepsut prenomen in cartouche topped with crown, flanked by the sign nfr from the left and by the sign nṯr from the right. It can be read as: "Maat-ka-Ra, the good god (Mȝʿ.t-kȝ-Rʿ nṯrʿnfr)". Inscription is additionally flanked by the images of red crown from left and right side. Hieroglyphs are oriented vertically on the scarab, but the whole inscription is oriented horizontally. Length 1.8cm.


  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).