Egyptian glazed steatite scarab for King Amenhotep III
Egyptian glazed steatite scarab for King Amenhotep III. The nearly forty-year reign of Amenhotep III was one of the most artistically productive in the history of Egypt.
This is an example of the lion hunt scarab, these scarabs record that Amenhotep III, from the first year of his reign through the tenth, killed 102 lions. The purpose of these scarabs was to celebrate his great achievement, informing the population of Egypt and beyond that he was a powerful ruler. Indeed, the scarabs have been found not only throughout Egypt proper, but also as far south as Soleb in Sudan and as far north as Ras Shamra in Syria.
Material: glazed steatite
Dimensions: H 6 x W 7 x D 9.5 cm