About this object

Faience amulet made in the shape of the heart-shaped hieroglyph, taking the form of a jar with lug handles, perhaps representing veins and arteries. Broken at the top. 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
    New Kingdom; Third Intermediate Period; Late Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1550 BC - 332 BC about
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Myra Asquith
  • Collector
    Myra Asquith
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1963 before
  • Measurements
    15 mm x 11 mm x 8 mm
  • Note
    Small objects, many of which are from the Lord Amherst collection.
  • Related people
    Myra Asquith ( Collector, previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Myra Asquith

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1963-07-26
    Disposal method: Donation
Object view = Humanities
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