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Amulet: Heart (ib)

Location

EGYPT

Era

Pharaonic Period (3100-323 B.C.E.)

Title

Amulet: Heart (ib)

Date

3100-323 B.C.E.

Materials

Porphyry

Dimensions

7.5 x 5.8 x 3.1 cm

Credits

Gift of Paule Regnault, inv. 2003.217

Collection

Archeology and World Cultures

The ancient Egyptians believed that the heart was the seat of the intellect, soul and emotions. Upon death, the heart was placed on a scale; it had to be lighter than the feather of justice, Maat, for the deceased person to be allowed to enter the afterlife. If the heart was heavier than the feather, it was eaten by Ammut, the Devourer.

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