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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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Provenance

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.

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Dennis George Miles

Heart scarab of Iay

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

Object Place for Label

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Egypt

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

1997.82

Medium or Technique

Steatite

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids