Carved light green limestone heart scarab - At the bottom, five lines of hieroglyphics Egyptian symbolds including an Eye of Horus with a cartouche on the top. Heart scarabs provided the bearer with the assurance that at the final judgment as depicted in the Book of the Dead, the bearer would be found "True of Voice" accepted into the eternal afterlife by the God Osiris. 18th Dynasty - 1570 - 1342 BC, 3 3/4" x 2 1/4"
Two main temples to Osiris were located at Busiris in the Delta and Abydos in Upper Egypt. Abydos had become a pilgrimage site that drew Egyptians from all over the country. According to legend, an angry Seth dismembered Osiris's body, and the temple of Abydos kept the god's head as a relic. His reliquary was put atop a pole, which was then placed in a support decorated with seated lions. The relic as not visible and remained hidden from human eyes. The coffin was entirely painted. Louvre