This is a nice wish scarab. The underside is incised with hieroglyphs recording a wish.
It contains a wish formula, which focuses on the young recruits in the army group under
the name of the god Seth. "May the recruits of Seth be satisfied". The scarab is
longitudinally pierced, was originally mounted or threaded, and served as an amulet
with a special blessing for young soldiers. The scarab should secure the support and
protection of the powerful god Seth for the young recruits of the army. It is also
possible that the phrase was used as a name for a military group of recruits. Seth and
his powerful protection became popular during the Ramesside Period, and it is understandable
that especially the young recruits of the army needed his special protection.
For examples of the same inscription see (last picture):
Petrie Museum UC60752
Percy E. Newberry, Egyptian Scarabs, Plate XXXIX, No. 13
It looks like it was maybe the same carver as from the example in the Petrie Museum.
Very same stylistic (e.g. the ḥtp sign) and the animal has also four forelegs. The scarab in Newberrys book has “only“ two forelegs.
Date: New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, circa 1570-1293 B.C.
Size: ca. 1,7 cm; c. 0.67 inches
Provenance: private German collection, formed before 1980.
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