Human headed heart scarab

New Kingdom, Dynasty 18
1295–1186 B.C.


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


Medium or Technique

Serpentinite or steatite

Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World


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).”


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

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Horace L. Mayer