Ancient Egypt, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, reign of Thutmose I, ca. 1503 to 1493 BCE. A petite bead of a characteristic ovoid form with a suspension hole perforated lengthwise through the body. The underside of the bead depicts the first half of the cartouche for the pharaoh Thutmose I (also Tuthmosis I) and presents his full throne name, "Aakheperkara," and his birth name of Tuthmosis translates as "Born of the god Thoth." Layers of lustrous turquoise-hued glaze envelops the entire bead and imbues it with a beautiful presentation evocative of ancient Egypt. Size: 0.625" L x 0.375" W (1.6 cm x 1 cm)
For a petite faience scarab bearing the cartouche of Thutmose I, please see The Art Institute of Chicago, reference number 1894.1443.
Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection; ex-Phillip Mitry collection, noted dealer in Cairo, Egypt until about 1951 when he emigrated to the United States
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Minor abrasions to top, peripheries, and base, with very light fading to areas of original glaze pigmentation, otherwise intact and excellent. Light earthen deposits and great traces of original glaze color throughout. Cartouche hieroglyphs are still clear and legible.