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Heart Scarab

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.
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)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.717E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    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
    IMAGE front, 37.717E_front_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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