Pectoral of Tutankhamun with Winged Scarab

A winged, large scarab beetle riding on a sacred barque and flanked by the goddesses Isis and Nephthys. The scarab serves a double function: as a heart scarab and as the ba of the sun god lighting the way to the underworld. 

Pectoral of Tutankhamun. Photo: Sandro Vannini
Pectoral of Tutankhamun with Winged Scarab. Photo: Sandro Vannini

New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, reign of Tutankhamun, ca. 1332-1323 BC. Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. The pectoral made of gold inlaid with carnelian, rock crystal, feldspar and multicolored glass paste. From the Tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62). Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 61948