Heart scarab

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Heart Scarab
Geographical origin unknown
Polished stone

Museum number 1975-488-2

The heart scarab was common in elite burials from the New Kingdom onwards. It hung from a necklace or was wrapped into the mummy bindings above the heart. The inscription on the flat underside, which includes the name Ramose, is from the Book of the Dead. It is a plea to the heart of the deceased not to bear witness against the spirit during the judgement in the afterlife.

Heart scarab
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