Scarab of 'Psammetichus I'.
- Production date
- 600 BC - 570 BC (probably)
- Curator's comments
- This object was not seen.
The description and findspot follow the Philadelphia register card. It is possibly one of the six scarabs from the 'Scarab Factory' mentioned in the EEF distribution list Philadelphia under no. 38.
It is not known whether it is inscribed with the nomen or prenomen of Psamtek I and it remains uncertain if it is truly the name of Psamtek I. His name Psamtek is shared with two other pharaohs of the 26th dynasty, while his prenomen Wahibre is the name of Apries.
Both name and prenomen appear on scarabs and scaraboids produced at the 'Scarab Factory' which was mainly active between 600 and 570 BC (on its various productions, see: Gorton 1996, 91-131; Webb forthcoming). The reign of Psamtek I would be too early.
Gorton, A.F. 1996, Egyptian and Egyptianizing scarabs: a typology of steatite, faience, and paste scarabs from Punic and other Mediterranean sites, Oxford.
Webb, V. forthcoming, Faience finds from Naukratis and their implications for the chronology of the site, in R. Thomas (ed.) forthcoming. Naukratis in Context I: The Nile Delta as a Landscape of Connectivity. Proceedings of the First Naukratis Project Workshop held at The British Museum 16th –17th December 2011.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: E72 (Accession Number)