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ca. 1580 BCE - 1350 BCE
13/16 x 9/16 x 5/16 in. (2 x 1.4 x 0.8 cm)

Unknown, Egyptian

Object Type: Ceramics
Medium and Support: Terracotta
Credit Line: The C. Herbert Ocumpaugh Collection
Accession Number: 1928.494.1
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Collection: The C. Herbert Ocumpaugh Collection

Scarabs are amulets and seals carved in the shape of the Egyptian beetle, (Scarabaeus sacer), which was the hieroglyph for "become" or "come into existence." This large scarab contains the name of Amenhotep III, a king of the 18th Dynasty. It also bears the throne name of Thuthmosis III, an earlier king of the New Kingdom, whose scarabs were used as potent talismans centuries after his death.

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C. Herbert Ocumpaugh, Rochester, NY (1864-1929); his gift to the University and the Gallery in 1928

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Ocumpaugh property at 51-55 Main Street East Note from the Rochester Images project, direct url:

"The Ocumpaugh family was prominent in Rochester for many years. E. Ocumpaugh sold ready-made clothing from a shop at 71 Main Street in the 1840s. Later the "Ocumpaugh Building", occupied a space on the south side of the west end of the Main Street Bridge into which the "Y" moved in February 1876. In the mid-1920s, C. Herbert Ocumpaugh presented his collection of Egyptian and Eastern-Mediterranian antiquities to the Memorial Art Gallery."

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