Scarabs of Hatshepsut

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Nicole Lesar
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published on 13 July 2021
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art was an integral part of the excavations of Hatshepsut's temple at Deir el-Bahri. During the 1926-1927 dig season, 299 scarab amulets and stamp seals were discovered near the eastern wall of the temple. Scarabs were very popular amulets, and they were considered to be symbols of regeneration and rebirth.

On the scarabs that were found, there was an example of every title or name that Hatshepsut ever held. These three scarabs have Hatshepsut's birth name inscribed. The hieroglyphs in birth name can be translated to "United with Amun, Foremost of the Noble Women." The name "Hatshepsut" by it's own translates to "Foremost of the Noble Women," while she added "United With Amun" to her name at a later point. Hatshepsut claimed that Amun was her father, and adding this part to her name justified her right to rule as pharaoh. (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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About the Author

Nicole Lesar
Nicole is an Earth/Environmental Scientist, who is currently teaching Earth Science to Middle School students. She has a passion for ancient history, particularly ancient Egypt, due to the teachings of her Nonno (grandfather).

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Lesar, N. (2021, July 13). Scarabs of Hatshepsut. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/14370/scarabs-of-hatshepsut/

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Lesar, Nicole. "Scarabs of Hatshepsut." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified July 13, 2021. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/14370/scarabs-of-hatshepsut/.

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