The Egyptians worked with gold and semiprecious stones from earliest times. They mined both types of material in the desert east of the Nile and in present-day Sudan, called “Nubia” in ancient times after the ancient Egyptian word for gold (nub). Clearly, objects made from these high-value materials were available only to the highest ranks of society.
- Medium: Steatite and sheet gold
- Possible Place Collected: Saqqara, Egypt
- Dates: 664-525 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XXVI Dynasty
- Period: Late Period
- Dimensions: 7/8 x 1 7/16 x 2 1/16 in. (2.3 x 3.6 x 5.3 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 37.717E
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Heart Scarab, 664-525 B.C.E. Steatite and sheet gold, 7/8 x 1 7/16 x 2 1/16 in. (2.3 x 3.6 x 5.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.717E. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Best (82%)