Amulet in the Form of a Heart
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
Gold was associated with various ideas concerning divinity and immortality because it symbolized light and does not corrode. These amulets are similar to ones excavated in Twenty-sixth Dynasty tombs at Saqqara, one of the cemeteries of the northern Egyptian capital of Memphis. They belonged to individuals sufficiently prosperous to have their mummies adorned with such magically protective gold devices.
ca. 664-30 B.C.E.
Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Amulet in the form of a heart cut from sheet gold. Edges left as cut after impression in die. No chased details. Rough work. Pierced at top center for attachment.
Amulet in the Form of a Heart, ca. 664-30 B.C.E. Sheet gold, 13/16 x 5/8 in. (2.1 x 1.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 08.480.212. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.08.480.212_wwg8.jpg)
installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.08.480.212_wwg8.jpg
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