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Heart Scarab of Hati-iay
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Heart Scarab of Hati-iay


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Description During the process of mummification, amulets of different kinds were placed on the body or wrapped in the mummy bindings to protect the deceased from the dangers of the underworld. At the center of these arrangements of amulets was usually a "Heart Scarab", which contained a special spell related to the "Court of the Dead," a pectoral with a scarab centerpiece, or a winged scarab made of Egyptian faience (a glazed ceramic-like material). On its right wing the scarab displays the Benu-bird in a sacred boat. And on its left wing is the squatting figure of the god Osiris. The bottom inscription has the name and title of the owner and spell 30B of the Book of the Dead.
Exhibitions
  • Daily Magic in Ancient Egypt. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2007.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1924 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] Osiris, (the) military scribe Hati- / iay, the justified, he says: Heart (that I received) from mother, / heart (that I received) from mother, heart of different ages! Do not stand up against me as a witness; / do not contradict me in the court; do not be hostile / to me in the presence of the Keeper of the Balance. You are my Ka (life-force), / which is in my body, the creator, who makes whole my limbs. Go to / the place, which is prepared for me there. Do not make / my name stink to the councilors (judges), who make / people (mortals) to (renewed) beginners.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1924

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Period
ca. 1550-1186 BCE (New Kingdom, Dynasty 18)
Medium
quartzite and traces of gold leaf
(Precious Stones & Gems)
Accession Number
42.30
Measurements
H: 15/16 x W: 2 1/16 x L: 2 11/16 in. (2.4 x 5.2 x 6.8 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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