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Heart amulet of Iay

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Black, heart-shaped with image of human robed figure reaching to "Benu bird" on left. Inscription on back of a spell from the Book of Dead. [Alternate Text:] The heart scarab evolved as an important part of the funerary trappings during the Second Intermediate Period and the New Kingdom. Later...

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By 1997: with Alan Jerome Eisenberg; 1997: purchased from Royal Athena Gallery by private collector; 1997: given to the MFA anonymously in memory of Dennis George Miles.

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Gift in memory of Dennis George Miles

Heart scarab of Iay

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18–19, 1550–1186 B.C.

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Height x width: 4.2 x 3 cm (1 5/8 x 1 3/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids