A rare Egyptian Malachite Ib Heart Amulet, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCE
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A finely carved heart amulet with two delicate wings on either side, and incised lines on one face.
For the ancient Egyptians, the heart (ib) was the source of intelligence, feelings, and actions. A person's memory was also housed in the heart and so at the judgment ceremony (Weighing of the Heart) in the afterlife, the heart was able to speak on behalf of the deceased, accounting to Osiris for a lifetime of deeds. Therefore, heart amulets were only used on the mummy to protect the owner's organ and to ensure that their heart gave a positive response at judgment. It served as a symbol of triumph of purity and wisdom over death and corruption.
Bibliography: Sousa, R. (2007). The Meaning of the Heart Amulets in Egyptian Art. Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt, 43, 59-70.
Dimensions: Height: 7/8 inch (2.1 cm)
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition.
Provenance: Private Maryland collection of a diplomat, acquired while serving in Egypt between 1949 and 1956, and then by descent.
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