Giovanni Dattari (circa 1858-1923), Cairo, Egypt, to 1909 
From 1909 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Giovanni Dattari in 1909 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 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).
 See note 1.
 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. 15391075 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
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
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