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Heart scarab of Queen Mernua

Napatan Period, reigns of Alamani to Aspelta
623–568 B.C.

Findspot: Sudan, Meroe, South Cemetery, Tomb S 85


Overall: 2.3 x 4 x 5.8 cm (7/8 x 1 9/16 x 2 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Dark green stone

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


Scarabs and scaraboids

Dark green stone heart scarab, details of back incised, under side polished but uninscribed. Found under winged scarab on chest.


From Meroe, South Cemetery, S 85, tomb of Queen Mernua. March, 1923: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition