An Egyptian Heart Amulet Pendant, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCE
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To the Egyptians the heart was the most essential of organs, not because it pumped blood around the body - it is unclear that they understood this function - but because they believed it was the seat of intelligence, the originator of all feelings and actions, and the storehouse of memory. From the New Kingdom, the heart became one of the most important of all amulets and was set on every mummy until the end of the pharaonic period, often in numbers and usually on the upper torso. This excellent example, carved from fine grey diorite, held connotations of lasting for eternity. It has been strung as a pendant on an adjustable modern 18" chain of 18K gold.
cf: Andrews, Carol "Amulets of Ancient Egypt," 1994. p. 72-73
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall.
Dimensions: Height: 1/2 inch (1.3 cm)
Provenance: Private collection of Egyptologist Geoffrey Metz, Sweden acquired in the 1990s. Metz catalog number M1353.
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