Red jasper 'thet'-girdle amulet: to grant the goddess's protection, with a ribbed tube for suspension at the top. This amulet is incised with the name of a man called Nefer. Blue glazed composition mummy-scarab with the clypeus marked and striated elytra; pierced four times; two wings tied to either side. Green jasper and gold heart-scarab of Sobekemsaf II: the human-headed jasper scarab is inset into a cloison in a hollow sheet gold plinth with a rounded back end. The rim of the cloison itself has been inset with an undulating strip of sheet gold to give the effect of granulation. The insect's legs, splayed out on the plinth's top, are made from individual sheet gold strips with roughly incised markings representing hairs. The crudely formed hieroglyphs incised around the plinth, and in five horizontal rows across the underside, come from Chapter 30B of the 'Book of the Dead': "Spell for preventing the heart from opposing the deceased". In the inscription the legs of the birds are missing, a common feature in earlier magical texts to prevent them attacking the dead person. Polychrome glazed composition pectoral in the form of a 'wedjat'-eye: the eye and the highly stylized eyebrow are of blue glazed composition, while the area between the angled bar of the eye and the eye itself is filled with red glazed composition. The cornea and iris are white and black respectively. There are three rows of tiny cats decorating the exaggerated area between the eye and eyebrow. There are two suspension rings at the top.
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