Amulet in the Form of a Heart
Gold was associated with various ideas concerning divinity and immortality because it symbolized light and does not corrode. These amulets are similar to ones excavated in Twenty-sixth Dynasty tombs at Saqqara, one of the cemeteries of the northern Egyptian capital of Memphis. They belonged to individuals sufficiently prosperous to have their mummies adorned with such magically protective gold devices.
- Medium: Sheet gold
- Reportedly From: Thebes (Deir el Bahri), Egypt
- Dates: ca. 664-30 B.C.E.
- Period: late Dynastic Period-Ptolemaic Period
- Dimensions: 13/16 x 5/8 in. (2.1 x 1.6 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 08.480.212
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Amulet in the Form of a Heart, ca. 664-30 B.C.E. Sheet gold, 13/16 x 5/8 in. (2.1 x 1.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 08.480.212. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Amulet in the form of a heart cut from sheet gold. Edges left as cut after impression in die. No chased details. Rough work. Pierced at top center for attachment. Condition: Intact.
- Record Completeness: Best (81%)