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Amulet
Date Made/Found: 1069-664 BC
Collector: Collected by Reverend Greville John Chester , British, 1830 - 1892
Donor: Reverend Greville John Chester , British, 1830 - 1892
Material and Medium: Wood and gold
Dimensions: 25mm x 15mm x 10mm
Place Object Found: Egypt
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: J21.6.76.33
Ancient Egyptian heart amulets, such as this one, were placed beneath the wrappings of a mummy where the heart is located. They were carved in the shape of a heart with arteries sticking out from the sides.

People wore amulets as jewellery over their clothing and attached them to mummy wrappings after death for protection. Amulets came in many shapes, sizes and materials. Some, like scarab beetles, were linked to rebirth.

This heart amulet is made of gilded wood. People thought the amulet would protect their heart in the afterlife. A spell from the Book of the Dead was said so that the heart could be weighed by the god Osiris during judgement in the underworld. Heart scarabs had the same purpose as heart amulets but are heart amulets are much rarer.
Display Location: Weston Park Museum

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