Scarab of Amenhotep III

Associated with the following rulers:
  • Amenhotep III

  • Deals with the following topics:
  • Statuary and Stelae

  • Author(s): C. Zarnoch, E. Sullivan

    Description: This sculpture portrays a colossal scarab beetle, an insect associated with the young sun god Khepri. The scarab is perched atop an oval red granite plinth. The plinth is decorated with a lightly inscribed sunk relief scene of a kneeling Amenhotep III offering to Khepri who is seated on a low throne. A winged solar disk extends over their heads.

    Provenance: The piece was originally located at Amenhotep III’s mortuary temple on the west bank of Thebes. It was later moved (probably by Taharqo, 690-664 BCE) to a location near the northwest corner of the Sacred Lake at Karnak.
    Person: Scarab, from the reign of Amenhotep III
    Date: Dynasty 18, New Kingdom (1390-1352 BCE)
    Material: Red granite
    Functional Comments:
    Dimensions: Unknown
    Current Location: In situ at Karnak Temple


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