Amulet in the form of a heart vessel

Heart amulet, dark blue with light blue and yellow dragged design.

Historical period(s)
Dynasty 18, New Kingdom, Reign of Amenhotep III, ca. 1390-1353 BCE
H (overall): 2.2 cm (7/8 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Glass, Jewelry and Ornament


core forming, dragging, Dynasty 18 (ca. 1539 - 1295 BCE), Egypt, molding, New Kingdom (ca. 1539 - 1075 BCE), protection

To 1909
Giovanni Dattari (circa 1858-1923), Cairo, Egypt, to 1909 [1]

From 1909 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Giovanni Dattari in 1909 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See S.I. 189, Miscellaneous List, Egyptian Glass, pgs. 1 and 16, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. This piece is part of a collection of glass that was purchased en bloc and includes 1,388 specimens (for further purchase information, see the folder for F1909.332).

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Giovanni Dattari (C.L. Freer source) 1858-1923


Heart amulet, dark blue with light blue and yellow dragged design.


From the New Kingdom (ca. 1539–1075 B.C.E.) onward, Egyptian artisans used glass to fashion small objects such as jewelry, amulets, and miniatures.  The heart vessel was a popular amulet because it symbolized life.  It is the hieroglyphic symbol ib, which means "heart."  Amulets of this form were made in various materials and a range of sizes, but during the later part of Dynasty 18 they were most often made of glass.

Published References
  • Richard Ettinghausen. Ancient Glass in the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, 1962. p. 14, fig. 18.
Collection Area(s)
Ancient Egyptian Art
Web Resources
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