An Egyptian Steatite Scarab for Sobekhotep I
Dynasty 13, ca. 1778 - 1773 BCE
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Khaankhre Sobekhotep (now believed to be Sobekhotep II or Sobekhotep IV; known as Sobekhotep I in older studies) was a pharaoh of the Thirteenth Dynasty of Egypt during the Second Intermediate Period. Sobekhotep I’s chronological position within the 13th Dynasty is debated. Contemporary attestations of this pharaoh comprise reliefs from a chapel that once stood in Abydos and a fragment of an inscribed column. Furthermore, the king’s name appears in an inscription on a granite statue pedestal once in the Amherst collection and, since 1982, in the British Museum (exhibit BM 69497). His reign was most likely short, amounting to three to four-and-a-half years. It is assumed that he is the son of Amenemhet IV of the 12th Dynasty. The queen Sobkenefru may have been his mother (as well as his aunt, as was common).
Condition: Worn but intact, and in very good condition overall.
Dimensions: Length: 1/2 inch (1.5 cm)
Provenance: Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Feuer, NY., acquired 1970s - 1980s.
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