A wonderful large reproduction heart scarab beetle made from soapstone.
This is a heart scarab. Green coloured heart scarabs were used as grave goods - amulets put on the deceased’s body over the heart and wrapped along with the deceased in 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.