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  • Description

    An oblate bead of buff steatite: inscribed around its circumference with a text between two lines. The wide circular boring was made from one face only.

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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 1.35 centimetres (max)
    • Diameter: 1.96 centimetres (max)
  • Inscriptions

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      • Inscription Script

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      • Inscription Transliteration

        ḥmt-nsw Ṯʒn mryt Ḥt-Ḥr nbt Tp-ỉḥw
      • Inscription Translation

        The King's Wife, Tjan, beloved of Hathor, Lady of Aphroditopolis
  • Curator's comments

    Tjan (see H. Gauthier, ‘Le Livre des Rois d’Égypte. Recueil de titres et protocols royaux, noms propres de rois, reines, princes et princesses, parents de rois, noms de pyramides et de temples solaires. Mémoires publiés par les members de l’Institut français d’archéologie orientale du Caire’ II, 38 = ‘Proceedings of the Society of Biblical Archaeology’ 25 (London,1903), 358; ibid. 27 (1905), 101-2 ) was the queen of Sobkhotpe IV (see 'Cambridge Ancient History' II,, part 1, 3rd Edition (Cambridge, 1970-77), 50-1; ‘Proceedings of the Society of Biblical Archaeology’ 25 (London,1903), 134-5; J. von Beckerath, 'Abriss der Geschichte des alten Ägypten' (Munich, 1971), 29 ), probably one of the last kings of the Thirteenth Dynasty to rule the whole of Egypt.


  • Bibliography

    • Andrews 1981 570 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    fair (surface worn in a few places)

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  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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Buff-coloured steatite oblate name-bead, inscribed with the name and epithets of Queen Tjan, the surface is damaged in a few places.

Detail: Inscription

Buff-coloured steatite oblate name-bead, inscribed with the name and epithets of Queen Tjan, the surface is damaged in a few places.

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