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Amulet in the Form of a Heart

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor

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)
  • DATES ca. 664-30 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Late Dynastic Period to Ptolemaic Period
    DIMENSIONS 13/16 x 5/8 in. (2.1 x 1.6 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 08.480.212
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.08.480.212_wwg8.jpg)
    IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.08.480.212_wwg8.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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    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.
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