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Human headed heart scarab

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A human head wearing a lappet wig rises from the prothorax, which is decorated with incised dots. The elytra are decorated with incised lines running from back to front. Much of the base has been broken away, but a fragment of the inscription remains, identifying the owner as "the Mistress of...

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Provenance

By 1979: Mrs Horace L. Mayer collection; November 1979: given to the MFA by Mrs. Mayer.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Horace L. Mayer

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, 1295–1186 B.C.

Dimensions

Height x width x length: 3.9 x 4.4 x 6.4 cm (1 9/16 x 1 3/4 x 2 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1979.570

Medium or Technique

Serpentinite or steatite

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids