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Heart Scarab with Text

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Stone
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1292–1190 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 19 (probably)
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 1 × 1 5/8 × 2 9/16 in. (2.6 × 4.2 × 6.5 cm) Weight: 0.3 lb. (129.35 g)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.478E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Heart Scarab with Text, ca. 1292–1190 B.C.E. Stone, 1 × 1 5/8 × 2 9/16 in. (2.6 × 4.2 × 6.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.478E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , CUR.37.478E_view01.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.37.478E_view01.jpg., 2018
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Heart scarab of dark green stone, inscribed on the base with the usual spell for preventing the heart form bearing witness against the soul at the time of judgement. The first line is left blank for the insertion of a name. The scarab has a lunate-shaped head with eyes indicated; the clypeus is notched. The prothorax’s front and rear edges are slightly curved towards the rear. The prothorax is separated from the elytra by a double line, and the same device is used to separate the wing cases from each other. There is a “V” mark on each wing case near the shoulders. The legs are given in relief, and the hairs on all of them are indicated. The rear edge of the elytra is straight thus forming, together with the legs, a triangular shape on the rear of the beetle. The prothorax is high. Not pierced. Condition: The back is worn; otherwise good.
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