Egyptian Carnelian Bead Necklace with Heart Amulets

£ 1,300.00

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.

Date: Circa 1550-1069 BC
Period: New Kingdom
Condition: Fine, the necklace has been restrung.


Product Code: ES-67

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.

To discover more about the Egyptian ‘Weighing of the Heart’ ceremony, please visit our relevant blog post: The Egyptian Ceremony of the Weighing of the Heart.

Dimensions L 38.5 cm
Semi-Precious Stone



North Africa

Reference: For a similar item, Sotheby’s, 8th December 2015, New York, lot number 39.