Christie's Special Exhibition Gallery
7 December 2011
AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE SCARAB FOR AMENHOTEP III
NEW KINGDOM, DYNASTY XVIII, REIGN OF AMENHOTEP III, 1391-1353 B.C.
Dark blue in color, the beetle well detailed, the underside inscribed with hieroglyphs within a cartouche, reading: "Neb-maat-Re," the prenomen of Amenhotep III, and outside of the cartouche: "beloved of Amun;" mounted as a swivel ring in a modern gold setting
¾ in. (1.8 cm.) long; ring size 7½
with Jack Ogden, London, 1980.
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For two scarabs inscribed with the prenomen of Amenhotep III (without the phrase, "Beloved of Amun) see nos. 127-128 in Kozloff and Bryan, Egypt's Dazzling Sun.
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