A Royal Egyptian Steatite Scaraboid, Third Intermediate Period, ca. 1069 - 945 BCE
Inscribed on both sides, this steatite scaraboid shows a Bes figure on one side, User-maat-re on the other. Since User-maat-re is not combined with any epithet, it’s not likely to refer to Ramesses II or any of the Ramesses of the 20th Dynasty that had User-maat-re as part of their prenomen. Several Third Intermediate Period kings had User-maat-re by itself as a prenomen, so most probably the name on this piece refers to one of them. The scaraboid has been drilled vertically for attachment.
Dimensions: Length: 1.2 cm (0.47 inches)
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition
Provenance: Private Maryland collection of a diplomat, acquired while serving in Egypt between 1949 and 1956, and then by descent.
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