6 December 2007,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 12,500
Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000
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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