Faience scarab bearing the name Amenhotep III


British Museum

British Museum

This seal is made in the form of a sacred scarab beetle, which was a manifestation of Khepri, an Egyptian sun-god associated with resurrection. The flat underside of this scarab is decorated with the name of the Egyptian king Amenhotep III (1390-1353 BC). This scarab was one of the earliest finds in the Aegean that provided a fixed point in time from Egypt (that is, Amenhotep's reign) which allows us to date the Mycenaean material with which it was found. Links like this, between the Aegean and Egypt, have allowed archaeologists to establish an absolute chronology for the Aegean Bronze Age.

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  • Title: Faience scarab bearing the name Amenhotep III
  • Date Created: -1390/-1352
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 3.81cm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Registration number: 1870,1008.13
  • Production place: Made in Egypt
  • Place: Excavated/Findspot Ialysus
  • Period/culture: 18th Dynasty
  • Material: glazed composition
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Excavated by Biliotti, Alfred. Funded by Ruskin, John