An early Egyptian human-headed green jasper heart scarab
Lot 76
An early Egyptian human-headed green jasper heart scarab
Sold for £22,800 (US$ 38,322) inc. premium
Auction Details
An early Egyptian human-headed green jasper heart scarab
Lot Details
An early Egyptian human-headed green jasper heart scarab
Second Intermediate Period, 13th Dynasty, circa 1786-1710 B.C.
Finely carved, the human face with a pointed chin, almond-shaped eyes, arching brows and tiny ears, the wing-case with a finely dotted line dividing it from the prothorax and another across the forehead, the two wing sectors each with tiny wing nicks and two small spirals at the back, the scarab legs carved with incised ridges indicating hairs, the underside with eleven rows of funerary text from Chapter 30B of the Book of the Dead, inscribed for a woman, called 'Hatshepsut', 21/8in. (5.3cm.) long, repaired, some small chips

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Ex Täckholm Collection, 1890-1940.

    Literature:
    This rare heart scarab is one of the earliest in existence, and certainly one of the earliest for a woman. It's parallel the earliest male heart scarab is in the British Museum, and is remarkably similar being made of the same stone, with a human head and from the 13th Dynasty. The name Hatshepsut, although not referring to the later queen, is well known from the late Middle Kingdom. Although the hieroglyphs appear badly formed they are not untypical for this period, indeed the birds with no legs are characteristic of funerary texts from the Second Intermediate Period. For a similar heart scarab, cf. C. Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt, (British Museum London 1994), fig. 44g.
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