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New Kingdom, Dynasty XVIII, reign of Amenhotep III 1390 BCE-1352 BCE

limestone, glaze
3.3 × 5.7 × 8.3 cm
Place/s of Execution
carved on underside in hieroglyphs: (translation: Long live Horus. The mighty bull rising in truth. Establisher of laws, quieter of Upper and Lower Egypt. Great in strength. Smiter of the Asiatics. King of the South and North. Neb-maat-ra. Son of Ka. Amenophis ruler of Thebes, granted life. The royal wife Tiy, may she live! Statement of lions brought down by his majesty in his own shooting beginning from year 1 unto year 10. Fierce lions 102)
Accession Number
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1939
Gallery location
The Ancient World
Level 2, NGV International
Physical description
Large scarab on a pedestal commemorating the lion hunts of Amenhotep III between years 1 to 10 of his reign. The back is domed over the thorax with a single line dividing the wing case, a single line separating the wing cases from the prothorax and a single shallow 'V' line dividing the abdomen and the thorax. The head is divided into 4 parts. The front and rear legs seem to have been notched and the central leg has incised lines on its edge. The underneath is roughly cut and comprises eight lines written from right to left. The scarab is damaged at the abdomen on top, around the edges of the pedestal and on the legs. Perforated lengthwise.