About this object

Red glass amulet made in the shape of the heart-shaped hieroglyph, taking the form of a jar with lug handles, perhaps representing veins and arteries. One side is flat plain. Heart-shaped amulets were believed to protect the wearer's heart from both physical and spiritual harm both in life and after death. Spell 29b in the Book of the Dead states that such amulets should ideally be carved from the red-coloured stone carnelian. In the ancient Egyptian language the word heart (ib) appears in the expression for a close friend, “one who has entered the heart” (ak-ib).

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Late Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    664 BC - 332 BC about
  • Materials
    Glass
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Professor John Garstang
  • Collector
    John Professor Garstang
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1949 before
  • Measurements
    24 mm x 28 mm x 4 mm
  • Related people
    John Garstang ( Collector, previous owner)

Ownership

Previous owners

Object view = Humanities
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