- Great for use as a paperweight
- Fantastic hieroglyphs on the bottom
- Egyptian Scarab Beetle
A wonderful large reproduction heart scarab beetle made from soap stone.
This is a heart scarab and these, usually of a green colour, as this one is, were used as a grave good. They were amulets which were put on the deceased’s body over the heart and wrapped along with the deceased in their bandages. The underside of the scarab was inscribed with hieroglyphs from chapter 30 of The Book of the Dead, The Weighing of the Heart Ceremony. In this ceremony, the person’s heart was weighed against a feather, if it was lighter than the feather then they were worthy to enter the afterlife.
This heart scarab measures approx. 9.5cm long. As it is made from soapstone, it is quite soft and has some signs of wear as shown in the photos.
A fascinating object from Egypt with a very curious history which would make a super display piece or paperweight.