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