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Heart Scarab of Djedmutes'Ankh

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

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.
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1539–1190 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 18 to Dynasty 19
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 7/8 x 1 5/16 x 1 15/16 in. (2.2 x 3.3 x 4.9 cm) Weight: 0.2 lb. (73.5 g)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Deep greenish stone heart scarab with beige speckles inscribed for Djedmutisankh. Both the head, and the notched clypeus are somewhat lunate-shaped. The rear edge of the prothorax is rounded and separated from the elytra by a double line. The wing cases are separated from each other by a triple line. There is a “V” on each wing case at the shoulders. The legs are not indicated. The eight line inscription is for the most part illegible. Not pierced. Condition: Inscription mostly illegible; some small scratches; otherwise good.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Heart Scarab of Djedmutes'Ankh, ca. 1539–1190 B.C.E. Stone, 7/8 x 1 5/16 x 1 15/16 in. (2.2 x 3.3 x 4.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.485E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.485E_front_rotated_cropped_PS2.jpg)
    IMAGE front, 37.485E_front_rotated_cropped_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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