For ages, scarab beetles have been employed as symbols of rebirth and resurrection. In ancient Egypt, it became popular practice to place a scarab over the heart of a mummified person. Known as "heart scarabs", these artifacts were meant to be weighed against the feather of truth during the soul's final judgement. Egyptians regarded the heart as the center of emotion, intelligence, and memory, and keeping it in the body of the deceased was of utmost importance. Thus, the beetle served as an emblem for the vital organ, echoing the heart's significance in the afterlife of the deceased. This bracelet features 9 scarab beetles -yes, real ones- mounted in silver. It dates to the Late Victorian period, a time which saw the resurgence of ancient Egyptian motifs.
gilt silver, scarab beetles
Very good - clasp looks like a replacement
7 1/4" length
1837 — 1901
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