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Happy Valentine’s Day

14 February 2012 by Ashley Cooke

Amulets of different shapes were placed within the wrappings of ancient Egyptian mummies. From about 1500 BC an amulet in the shape of a heart was a popular addition to protect the mummy from harm. Here are a selection of stone and glazed composition heart amulets from World Museum’s Egyptology collection for you on Valentine’s Day.  

Heart amulets

Heart amulets made from different materials, including haematite and carnelian.

  1. Helen Hales says:

    Beautiful little objects. Was there any significance attached to the material used? Did a haematite amulet have greater or different powers to a carnelian one, or was it just the heart shape that mattered and offered protective properties?


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