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In the Ramesside Period pectorals made in faience and other materials are a regular amulet in elite burials. The pectoral was placed on the chest near the heart; therefore the iconography of the representations tends to evoke either the heart (heart scarab, scene of weighing the heart) or Anubis the god of embalming.

In later periods pectorals are no longer this essential element in an elite burial. Openwork metal examples from the Late Period belong more to the temple domain.

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Ramesside Period

UC 55175
UC 69862, pectoral
UC 52083 UC 52082 UC 7726

gold pectoral
UC 69862, pectoral


Late Period - Ptolemaic

Further reading:

Feucht 1971 (monograph on non-royal pectorals)


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