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Final Farewell: The Culture of Death and the Afterlife

Journey to the Field of Reeds: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt

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Heart ScarabHeart Scarab

The scarab (the African dung beetle) is the best known ancient Egyptian amulet. It was a symbol of spontaneous generation and resurrection. Worn as a good luck charm, it promised its wearer the eternal renewal of life. Scarab amulets were placed over the hearts of the mummified deceased. This scarab lacks its outspread wings.

Heart Scarab
Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 26,
ca. 664–525 B.C.E.
Faience
(70.149)

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