Egyptian Green Stone Heart Scarab for Nes-Ptah

SKU: MS.0059

Origin: Egypt
Circa: Late Period, 26th-30th Dynasty, c. 664-343 BC
Dimensions: 1.25" Height x 2.45" Length x 1.75" Width (3.175cms x 6.2cms x 4.4cms)
Medium: Stone

The head, wingcase and legs well defined, the underside finely inscribed with twelve rows of hieroglyphs, with the Heart formula from Chapter XXXB of the Book of the Dead, a prayer appealing to the heart not to bear witness against the deceased, reading: "[Nes-Ptah son of...(?)-] Mose, he says: My heart of my mother, my heart of my mother, my heart of my forms/transformations, stand not against me as a witness, be not opposed to me in the Tribunal, make not your opposition/enmity against me in the presence of the Keeper of the Balance! You are my Ka who is in my body, Khnum who makes sound my , May you go forth to the place (or ), which , Cause not my name to stink the Entourage, makers of people, Servant of Bastet, Scribe of the Treasury of Bastet, Nes-Ptah, son of one with the same titles Aa-hetep-ek(?), J[ustified]"May you go forth to the place (or ), which , Cause not my name to stink the Entourage, makers of people, Servant of Bastet, Scribe of the Treasury of Bastet, Nes-Ptah, son of one with the same titles Aa-hetep-ek(?), J[ustified]."

Gavin Todhunter, Cornwall, England, acquired between the late 1940s-1970s. A Deceased Estate; Antiquities, Christie's, London, 13 May 2003, lot 76. Antiquities, Christie's, London, 13 October 2008, lot 79. Archéologie, Fayez Barakat, Pierre Bergé, Paris, 14 December 2009, lot 40

Intact as preserved. Some minor losses to the edges throughout, especially to the beetle's head as well as to the forelegs below the head. Minor scratches and incrustation throughout.

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Late Dynastic

Egyptian Green Stone Heart Scarab for Nes-Ptah

Late Dynastic

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