Scarab heart pectoral of Pashed

New Kingdom, Dynasty 19–20
1295–1070 B.C.


Height x width: 10.4 x 13 cm (4 1/8 x 5 1/8 in.)

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Jewelry, The Ancient World



This pectoral belonged to Pashed, chief workman of the Theban necropolis. On the recto, a scarab is carved in raised relief; incised on its back is a solar deity in a sacred barque, flanked by the shrines of Upper and Lower Egypt. Two benu birds are also incised on the scarab. Flanking the scarab are the figures of Isis and Nephthys, standing on a sacred barque with arms raised. On the verso, the incised decoration includes the figures of Isis and Nephthys flanking an incised heart shape which contains ten horizontal lines of inscripton from a passage from the Book of the Dead.


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.

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way