14732. Museum Exhibited Egyptian Steatite Cylinder Seal with the Cartouche of Amenemhat III
XII Dynasty, Middle Kingdom Ca 1800 BC.
Smooth brown carved stone cylinder, pierced for suspension and the face incised with hieroglyphic inscription which would repeat when rolled. It is inscribed The good god, lord of the two lands, Ni-maat-re. Ni-maat-re is the prenomen of Amenemhat III.
Amenemhat III, also spelled Amenemhet III, was a pharaoh of the Twelfth Dynasty of Egypt. He ruled from c. 1860 BC to 1814 BC.His reign is regarded as the golden age of the Middle Kingdom. He may have had a long coregency (of 20 years) with his father, Senusret III.
Exhibited no. 87, Life and Art in Ancient Egypt, at The Detroit Institute of Arts, July 9 through September 1st 1963 and described in exhibition catalog. This documented pre 1970s provenance makes this object very attractive for an institutional collection.
cf: Petrie, W.M.F. "Scarabs and Cylinders with Names" London, 1917 page XIII, 12.3.9-11
Size: 1-7/8 inches length
Condition: Very Good, small chip to bottom, age wear. Possibly originally glazed, now gone.
Provenance: Originally collected by Dr. Otto O. Fisher, M.D., (1880-1961) Detroit MI. Upon Dr. Fishers death, his collection went to his daughter; Dr. Evelyn Josephine Fisher, M.D. (1941-2020). When Dr. E. Fisher passed away in December 2020, these artifacts were bequeathed to her nephew, Nelson Gregory, the present owner.
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