Heart scarab

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Stone case
Object Type
Scarab, seal, scaraboid, intaglio and similar objects, Scarab, Heart scarab
New Kingdom
Nineteenth Dynasty to Twentieth Dynasty
Stone/minerals (Granite)
Height: 97mm | Width: 69mm | Depth: 38mm
Number of Elements
Falcon/hawk | Scarab

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This Ramesside heart scarab or heart amulet is made of a black stone, probably granite. The item is very damaged. The remains of a human head can be identified by the wig lappets. A broad collar is represented around the neck. On the chest is a sun disc with uraei flanked by two hawks wearing crowns. These birds are facing inward. At the base is a winged scarab. The underside is very damaged and no inscription is visible. On other such amulets, the head is either that of Osiris or of the deceased. Birds on such amulets are usually bennu birds or ba birds rather than hawks.