from the collection of the DIA Heart Scarab
Egyptian
green stone
Made during the 6th century B.C.
Dimensions: 1" x 1 3/8" x 2"
Gift of Ruth C. Loomis
Museum ID Number: 73.81


Ancient Egyptians believed the sun was a big ball, which was rolled across the sky from east to west by the creator god Khepre. To the ancient Egyptians scarab beetles seemed to imitate this daily movement of the sun because they rolled balls of animal dung into their underground nests. Khepre was associated with resurrection and often represented as a scarab beetle. Because of their association with continued life, images of scarabs were incorporated into ancient Egyptian jewelry, furniture, textiles, and coffins.

Detroit Institute of Arts: Ancient Egypt Lesson Plans for Teachers