New Kingdom Carnelian Scarab, Inscribed for Amenhotep III
Circa 550-1070 BC
Description: Fine quality scarab carved from red carnelian with notched clypeus and two horizontal lines etched across the body. The underside is engraved with hieroglyphics containing the prenomen of Amenhotep III. Pierced vertically and encased in a beautiful gold setting. Very appealing. Additional pictures below.
Height: 0.75 in. (1.9 cm)
Condition: Intact and superb, with a small chip on the underside edge (as visible in photo) not interfering with the inscription.
Provenance: Jim Sweeney Collection (2000-2008). Ex-Fragments of Time. Ex-British Property. Formerly in the collection of Albert Ferdinand Pagnon (1847-1909), who was known as the "hotel king of Upper Egypt" in the late 19th Century. IMPORTANT AND DESIRABLE 19TH CENTURY PROVENANCE.
Reference: Scarabs engraved with the royal name were designed, not to glorification of the king, but rather to endow the wearer with the strength of the king.