Egyptian Carnelian Bead Necklace with Heart Amulets

GBP 1,300.00

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Object Description

An elegant Ancient Egyptian restrung necklace with carnelian beads in varying size and nine finely carved heart amulets. The stones are in slightly varying shades, owing to the natural differences in carnelian colour, which adds a charming sense of variation to a simple necklace.

Despite the fact that the Egyptians did not have access to the medical knowledge we have today, they were aware of the importance of the heart in the functioning of the body. This led to beliefs that the heart was the source of wisdom and emotion, and heart symbolism became an important part of Egyptian culture. Perhaps most significant was its role in the ‘Weighing of the Heart’ ceremony, where the hearts of the dead were weighed against the feather of Ma’at to ascertain the purity and virtue of the deceased and decide their destination in the afterlife.

Date: Circa 1550-1069 BC

Object Condition

Fine, the necklace has been restrung.

Object Details

  • material
  • dimensions
    H:38.5 centimeters

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James