Heart amulet Amulet of the god Bes Various amulets Scarab of Ramesses II
The Egyptians believed the heart was the seat of the soul, so amulets in the shape of a heart, red for blood, protected this vital organ. The fearsome dwarf god Bes scared real and spiritual enemies away in life and after death. The group of amulets was found still around a child's neck, including the god Bes again and Taweret the Hippo goddess, who protected children. Scarabs were common both in life and death, typically placed on the third finger of the left hand, exactly where we found this fine example naming Pharaoh Ramesses II.