Ancient Egyptian brown limestone container with a seated cat on the lid, two cartouches and one line of vertical hieroglyphs on the surface. Indented pedestal base. 26th Dynasty, 663-525 BC
Heart scarabs were placed on the throat, chest, or heart of the mummy. Heart scarabs provided the bearer with the assurance that at the final judgment as depicted in the Book of the Dead, the bearer would be found “True of Voice” and accepted into the eternal afterlife by the God Osiris.
This heart scarab shows the face of Bes, dwarf-God believed to guard against evil spirits and misfortune, along with a cartouche with the Sun God Ra holding an Ankh on the top. Five lines of vertical hieroglyphics on the bottom including Anubis, a bird and cartouches.
Ptolemaic, 305-30 BC
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