Egyptian Green Glaze Steatite  Scarab for Setepenmaat

 

14436. Egyptian Green Glaze Steatite Scarab for Setepenmaat

Third Intermediate period (1075–656 BC)

Naturalistic top; with most of the blue glaze worn off, seems to read: “Setepenmaat (whom Maat chose),” an epithet I seen only in a few New Kingdom and Third Intermediate Period cartouches, such as those of Tawosret and Psusennes I. I have never seen “Setepenmaat” by itself. The angular sign in the upper right must be a winged sundisk spreading its wings protectively. Despite the unusual inscription, the craquelure suggests the scarab is ancient. A talisman for protection. Size: 5/8 inches Length. Condition: minor flake to top front and some surface wear. pierced for suspension. Provenance Scottish private collector and then by descent.

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