A steatite scarab incised with the bee and the sedge, an Egyptian royal titles translated by Gardiner as: He who belongs to the sedge of Upper Egypt and the bee of Lower Egypt. The royal title occurs without the name of the king. It appears upon the nub-sign and is flanked by nefer-hieroglyphs.
Layered back with two sideward notches to suggest the division between pronotum and elytra. The legs are low, smooth and mid-deep.
For a related example, cf. no. 03.42, p. 130 in: Franco Magnarini. Catalogo ragionato di una collezione di Scarabei-Sigillo Egizi. Oxford 2004.
Egyptian, Second Intermediate Period, 1700-1600 BC
L. 1.9 cm (0.7 in)
W 1.3 cm (0.5 in)
H. 0.9 cm (0.4 in)
Fine condition. Layered stone faded to brown with remains of glaze in the cavities.
Swiss private collection, since the 1960s. Thence Swiss art market (data to buyer).
The authenticity of the object is unconditionally guaranteed.