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    Sale 1915

    Antiquities

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 22

    AN EGYPTIAN GREEN STONE HEART SCARAB

    THIRD INTERMEDIATE PERIOD, DYNASTY XXI-XXII, 1070-712 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    AN EGYPTIAN GREEN STONE HEART SCARAB
    THIRD INTERMEDIATE PERIOD, DYNASTY XXI-XXII, 1070-712 B.C.
    Details of the beetle's physiognomy defined, the underside inscribed in eight lines of hieroglyphs, with a version of spell 30b from the Book of the Dead, reading, "O my heart! O my heart of my mother (twice) of my various ages! Do not stand up against me as a witness! Do not oppose me in the tribunal! Do not make opposition against me in the presence of the Keeper of the Scale! You are my Ka which was in my body, namely Khnum who makes hale my limbs! May you go forth to the Hereafter where we hasten, lest my name stink to the courtiers..."
    2 15/16 in. (7.5 cm.) long


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    Provenance

    Detroit Private Collector, 1950s.