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Heart scarabs

Heart scarabs are attested from the mid Thirteenth Dynasty on. They are common in elite burials of the New Kingdom (about 1550-1069 BC ) and later, and were often worn from a necklace around the neck. They did not replace the heart in the mummy as is sometimes claimed. The flat underside was usually inscribed with 'Book of the Dead' chapter 30.

UC 12975 UC 12975 UC 12577, heart scarab found at Gurob

unprovenanced heart scarabs

UC 12992 UC 12989 UC 12988 UC 12990


A variant form: Ramesside heart amulets with a human head

UC 12212 UC 52606 UC 52612

Vanlathem 2001 (on the heart scarabs found in situ)


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