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Heart Scarab of the Priest Amon Weskhetih

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Steatite
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1292–1190 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 19 (probably)
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 13/16 × 1 3/8 × 2 1/8 in. (2 × 3.5 × 5.4 cm) Weight: 0.2 lb. (70.45 g)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.484E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Heart Scarab of the Priest Amon Weskhetih, ca. 1292–1190 B.C.E. Steatite, 13/16 × 1 3/8 × 2 1/8 in. (2 × 3.5 × 5.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.484E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.484E_negA_bw.jpg)
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Black and brown steatite heart scarab with light beige speckles inscribed for the “Wab-priest of Amun” named Weskhetiu. The inscription is given in eleven lines of inscribed hieroglyphs on the base. The scarab has a small lunate-shaped head. The clypeus is notched. On the clypeus are triangles formed by incised lines. The rear edge of the prothorax is slightly rounded, and is separated from the elytra by a single line. The wing cases are separated from each other by two sets of double lines between which is a broad band. There is a “V” on each wing case near the shoulder. The legs are given in relief with the hairs indicated on the front and middle legs. The piece is pierced from side to side between, and underneath, the front and middle legs. The rear of the scarab is higher that the front. Condition: Many small chips out of sides of base; back chipped and scratched; hieroglyphs filled white.
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