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Heart amulet

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Heart amulet. One of sixty beads and amulets from the wrappings of a single mummy. (Body A, Tomb 23).


From Tell Nabasha, Tomb 23, body A. 1886, excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; presented to the MFA at EEF fifth annual general meeting; sent over June 1, 1887. (Accession date: January 1, 1887)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, Late Period, 664–332 B.C.


Tell Nabasha, Egypt


Overall: 2.3 x 1.1 cm (7/8 x 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Fine grained basalt


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets