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Heart Scarab of Sheshenq III

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

The scarab beetle lays its eggs in small balls of dung, which it sometimes moves into position with its forelegs. This action led to associating the scarab with the force that rolls the sun across the heavens. Because the word for scarab beetle in the Egyptian language contains the same consonants as the word for “to come into being,” the ancient Egyptians especially associated the scarab with the sun, when it newly comes into being every morning. Scarabs could therefore be mummified to make requests to the sun god.
MEDIUM Stone
DATES ca. 835/30-783/78 B.C.E.
DYNASTY Dynasty 22
PERIOD Third Intermediate Period
DIMENSIONS 3 1/8 x 2 x 13/16 in. (8 x 5.1 x 2.1 cm) Weight: 0.4 lb. (169.05 g)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
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)