ITEM NO. M3707
$5,500
Full Screen Egyptian Heart Scarab of Amenemope
 
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CIVILIZATION Egyptian
PERIOD New Kingdom
DATE 18th-20th Dynasty, 1550-1070 B.C.
MATERIAL Stone
MOUNTED No

Egyptian Heart Scarab of Amenemope

New Kingdom, 18th-20th Dynasty, 1550-1070 B.C.

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Speckled stone heart scarab inscribed for Amenemope, with the details of the beetle's physiognomy defined, the underside inscribed with six lines of hieroglyphs from Chapter 30B from the Book of the Dead, reading, "Words spoken by the Osiris. He says: 'Heart of my mother, heart of my mother, heart of my (actual) being, do not stand up against me as a witness; do not oppose me ...' Amenemope ..."

The common idea that the heart scarab was designed to replace the heart after its removal at mummification remains questionable. The Egyptians feared that the heart, the seat of memory and conscience, would testify against the deceased at the Divine Tribunal. Placing a heart scarab within the mummy wrappings or over the heart, or near the neck, of the mummy of the deceased was designed to prevent this. They are often inscribed with a spell from the Book of the Dead imploring the heart not to abandon its owner.


Length: 2" (5cm)
Provenance:

Private Collection, Brussels, acquired in the 1970s.
with Harmakhis, Brussels.

Condition:
The base with a large chip, otherwise intact.
Bibliography:

cf. Andrews, C.; Amulets of Ancient Egypt, pps. 44-45, no. 44a-g, for a discussion on protective amulets and heart scarabs.

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CATEGORY Egyptian
PERIOD New Kingdom
DATE 18th-20th Dynasty, 1550-1070 B.C.
MATERIAL Stone
MOUNTED No
 
 
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