9 December 2004
THE PROPERTY OF AN AMERICAN GENTLEMAN
AN EGYPTIAN SPACER BEAD AND TWO SCARABOIDS
NEW KINGDOM TO THIRD INTERMEDIATE PERIOD, 1550-712 B.C.
The spacer of steatite, rectangular in form, engraved on one side with an enthroned pharaoh wearing the Blue Crown and holding a scepter, the other side with a pharaoh as a sphinx trampling a foe under foot, both accompanied by a single cartouche inscribed in hieroglyphs for Men-Kheper-Re, the two narrow sides each engraved with an animal-headed anthropomorphic deity, perforated lengthwise; one a scaraboid of lapis engraved with a sistrum flanked by cobras on one side, the other engraved with a hieroglyphic motto, Nefer Mut, "May Mut be well disposed," perforated lengthwise; and one of green jasper engraved with a Maat-feather in raised relief holding a falcon-headed deity sitting on a neb-sign, the other side inscribed in hieroglyphs reading, "May protection extend over all places in the two lands," perforated lengthwise
Spacer: ¾ in. (1.9 cm.) high (3)
Spacer: William Ward, 1960s.
D. Corsett, Arizona, 1996.
Lapis seal: with Secret Eye Gallery, New York, 1979.
Green jasper seal: Acquired in Luxor, 1979.
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