Heart scarab of Padiamennesuttawy

Late Period, Dynasty 26
664–525 B.C.


Width x length: 3.3 x 4.3 cm (1 5/16 x 1 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Brown stone

On View

Egyptian Funerary Arts Gallery (Mummies) (Gallery 109)


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Hard, polished, brown stone heart scarab with finely modeled details on back and Book of the Dead spell 30b inscribed on the base. The scribe has omitted register lines and compressed as much of the text as possible on the top half of the scarab, while the text on the bottom half is more generously spaced.


By 1979: Mrs Horace L. Mayer collection; November, 1979: given to the MFA by Mrs. Mayer.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Horace L. Mayer