Heart scarab of Nebseny

Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
760–332 B.C.


Height x width x length: 2.3 x 4.7 x 6 cm (7/8 x 1 7/8 x 2 3/8 in.)

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Out on Loan

On display at Houston Museum of Natural Science, TX, May 17, 2013 – June 30, 2018


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Heart scarab of dark green stone, possibly basalt. Schematic-naturalistic back type with, smooth with incised detailing and intricately carved head with well defined clypeus. Base carries ten horizontal lines of incised hieroglyphic text (Book of the Dead Spell 30B). Not pierced, intact with slight traces of gilding.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.
(Accession date: June 28, 1872)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way