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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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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.


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.)

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Medium or Technique

Serpentinite or steatite


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Scarabs and Scaraboids