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.
ca. 835/30-783/78 B.C.E.
Third Intermediate Period
3 1/8 x 2 x 13/16 in. (8 x 5.1 x 2.1 cm)
Weight: 168.9 grams (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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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)
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