Egyptian Red Stone Heart Amulet
An ancient Egyptian red stone amulet representing a human heart as a vessel.
Late Period, ca. 700-30 BC.
The Egyptians believed the heart to be the most essential organ. Chapters 27 to 29 of the Book of the Dead provide instructions for preserving one's heart in the Afterlife. The heart, which was believed to be the seat of one?s intellect, was depicted as a vessel. This vessel, the Book of the Dead informs, was to be balanced against the weight of a feather in order to gain entrance into the realm of Osiris.
Confer: C. Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt, (Texas, 1994), p. 72-3.
Formerly in a German private collection.