Human headed heart scarab

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

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Scarabs and scaraboids

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 the House Neb(ti).”

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