EGYPTIAN GREEN JASPER HEART AMULET
Measurements: 2.3 cm – height, 1.3 cm - width
Description: An Ancient Egyptian green jasper amulet in the form of a heart. For the ancient Egyptians, the heart was the source of intelligence, feelings, and actions. A person's memory was also housed in the heart and so at the judgment ceremony, the Weighing of the Heart in the afterlife, the heart was able to speak on behalf of the deceased, accounting to Osiris for a lifetime of deeds. Therefore, heart amulets were used on the mummy to protect the owner's organ and to ensure that his heart gave a positive response at judgment.
The Egyptians wore amulets alongside other pieces of jewellery. They were decorative, but also served a practical purpose, being considered to bestow power and protection upon the wearer. Many of the amulets have been found inside the wrappings of mummies, as they were used to prepare the deceased for the afterlife. Amulets held different meanings, depending on their type or form. Small amulets depicting gods and goddesses seem to have induced the protective powers of the deity. On the other hand, small representations of anatomical features or creatures suggest that the wearer required protection over a specific body part, or that he/she desired the skills of a particular animal.
Period: Third Intermediate-Late Dynastic Period, circa 1000-332 BC.
Condition: Fine, complete and intact.