About this object

Green faience mould-made amulet in the shape of the heart-shaped hieroglyph, taking the form of a jar with lug handles, perhaps representing veins and arteries. 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
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Dendera
  • Date made
    1st Century AD about
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Committee of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 1898
  • Collector
    Egypt Exploration Society
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Dendera
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
  • Related people
    Egypt Exploration Society (Collector, previous owner); William Matthew Flinders Petrie (Excavator)

Explore related


  • Egypt Exploration Fund Excavations at Dendereh, 1898

    Start date: 1898
    End date: 1898
    Description: Egypt Exploration Fund Excavations at Dendereh directed by Flinders Petrie in 1898.


Previous owners

  • Egypt Exploration Society

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1898
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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