Human Headed Heart Amulet

c.1375-1275 BC

18th/19th Dynasty

Glazed composition human-headed heart amulet: the pale blue inlaid heron on the purple blue upper surface is symbolic of the sun god and so has connotations of daily birth or renewal. The flat turquoise green underside bears in black the hieroglyphic text of Chapter 30B of the ‘Book of the Dead’, more often found on heart scarabs, which bound the heart to silence about its owner’s misdeeds when it was weighed symbolically in the underworld. However, no owner is named. The separately inlaid red human face with striped wig can be considered to represent a personified heart.

(Source: The British Museum)

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