Period / Age: 5th Century BC

Provenance: Private English collection. German private collection.


Length: 2cm

Engraved on both sides, top and bottom.
Figure standing upper right, holding a globe in her stretched left hand. This man-shaped figure standing in front cartouche, the throne name of Pharaoh – Thutmose III.

THUTMOSE III, (reigned 1479–26 BCE) king of the 18th dynasty, often regarded as the greatest of the rulers of ancient Egypt. Thutmose III was a skilled warrior who brought the Egyptian empire to the peak of its power by conquering all of Syria, crossing the Euphrates to defeat the Mitannians, and penetrating south along the Nile River to Sudan. He also built a great number of temples and monuments to commemorate his deeds.

SCARABOID is an amulet similar in shape but lacks the details of the beetle’s anatomy. Egyptian scarabs were carried by trade throughout the eastern Mediterranean and to Mesopotamia.

This beetle was associated with the divine manifestation of the early morning sun, Khepri and who was believed to roll the disk of the morning sun over the eastern horizon at daybreak. Since the scarab hieroglyph, Kheper, refers variously to the ideas of existence, manifestation, development, growth, and effectiveness, the beetle itself was a favourite form used for amulets in all periods of Egyptian history.

CONDITION: Slightly chipped on one end of the channel, otherwise intact. The item is described to the best of our knowledge. Please refer to pictures and email with any questions.