An Egyptian Faience Offering Cup with Cartouche for Amenhotep III, ca. 1386 to 1349 BCE
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of distinctive blue glazed faience, the cylindrical form tapering to a slightly flared foot and rounded rim, the exterior with royal rectangular panel inscribed in faded black hieroglyphic text in two columns including a cartouche containing the throne name for Amenhotep III, that reads: "Lord of the Two Lands, Neb-maat-Ra, Beloved of Sokar".
Amenhotep III, also known as Amenhotep the Magnificent, was the ninth pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty. Many of the most impressive structures of ancient Egypt were built under his reign and, through military campaigns, he not only strengthened the borders of his land but expanded them. He ruled Egypt with his chief queen Tiye for 38 years until his death and was succeeded by Amenhotep IV, later known as the reforming king Akhenaten.
Condition: Scattered surface deposits, the cup is intact and in very good condition overall.
Dimensions: Height: 2 1/8 inches (5.5 cm)
Provenance: Ex. Sumer Gallery, (Henry Anavian Family Collection) NYC., acquired 1970s-1980s and then by descent.