Commemorative scarab commissioned for the Aten’s jubilee, bearing the names and titles of Amenhotep IV and his queen, Nefertiti
14th century BCE
9.5 x 6.7 x 4.7 cm
Harry Stern Collection, bequest of Kurt Stern, London
Accession number: 76.18.247
The base is inscribed with the names of the king and his consort Queen Nefertiti, and the didactic names of the god Aten.
Since scarabs represent Khepri, god of the rising sun, they were banned after the move to Amarna.
From the Israel Museum publications:
Ben-Tor, Daphna, The Scarab, A Reflection of Ancient Egypt, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1989
The Scarab: A Reflection of Ancient Egypt, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 27/06/1989 - 28/11/1989
Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir