Scarab, heart scarab
747 BCE-332 BCE Country
Egypt See full details
Carved serpentine 'heart' amulet, without usual heiroglyphic inscription on base.
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Egyptian amulet
H23mm x W34 x D48mm
History and use
Scarabs are a common kind of amulet, the earliest being amuleic and uninscribed. This large scarab is possibly a ‘heart scarab’. Larger scarabs are often called 'heart scarabs'. Heart scarabs are usually inscribed with an extract from the Egyptian funerary text, the Book of the Dead, specifically Chapter 30b, which asks the heart not incriminate its owner in the Hall of Judgement.