Carnelian Heart Amulet

Culture: Egyptian
Period: Late Period, 664-332 B.C.
Material: Carnelian
Dimensions: 2.3 cm high
Price: Sold
Ref: 1285
Provenance: Collection Ezeldeen Taha Eldarir, acquired on 15 May 1930 from Salahaddin Sirmali in Cairo and then brought to the USA.
Condition: Intact
Description: Beautifully worked out heart amulet in form of a carnelian vessel. On top a ribbed eyelet for suspension. In ancient Egypt the heart was the source of intelligence, emotions and all creation. Also the memory of a person was saved in the heart. Before the eternal judgment the heart was finally weighed against a feather before entering the afterlife. Amulets such as the present one should ensure that the heart of the deceased offers a positive answer to the judges. Furthermore heart amulets were also very popular in daily life and were worn as jewellery. For reference of the carnelian type see the amulet in the World Museum Liverpool with the inventory number M11957i.