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Heart Scarab of Sheshenq III

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Gallery, 4th Floor

The ancient Egyptians feared that the heart, where they believed thought and emotion took place, would testify against its owner at the last judgement. In an attempt to prevent this, they provided the mummy with an amulet in the form of a scarab beetle, related to the idea of resurrection, with an inscription calling on the heart not to admit any wrongdoing. It is not certain whether the Egyptians believed that these amulets and other devices such as the funerary papyri called Books of the Dead could automatically help one achieve a happy immortality, but they clearly thought it was worth the expense to obtain such items.

MEDIUM Stone
DATES ca. 835/30-783/78 B.C.E.
DYNASTY XXII Dynasty
PERIOD Third Intermediate Period
DIMENSIONS 3 1/8 x 2 x 13/16 in. (8 x 5.1 x 2.1 cm) Weight: 168.9 grams  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Gallery, 4th Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 61.10
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Heart Scarab of Sheshenq III, ca. 835/30-783/78 B.C.E. Stone, 3 1/8 x 2 x 13/16 in. (8 x 5.1 x 2.1 cm) . Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 61.10. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 61.10_front_PS2.jpg)
IMAGE front, 61.10_front_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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 <em>Heart Scarab of Sheshenq III</em>, ca. 835/30-783/78 B.C.E. Stone, 3 1/8 x 2 x 13/16 in. (8 x 5.1 x 2.1 cm) . Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 61.10. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 61.10_front_PS2.jpg)