Heart Amulet

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Hard black stone large 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. Broken at the bottom. 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).