Hatnofer was the mother of Senenmut, architect of Hatshepsut's temple at Deir el-Bahri. Hatnofer was buried early in the queen's reign. Many of the goods in her tomb came from the royal storerooms, and it is possible that this heart scarab, with its gold setting and finely woven gold chain, was also provided by the queen. Heart scarabs, usually made of green-colored stone, were placed over the heart of the mummy. The heart was considered the home of the spirit and was left in the mummified body. Heart scarabs were inscribed with a spell from the 'Book of the Dead' that exhorted the heart not to bear witness against the spirit during the judgment in the afterlife. The tomb of Hatnofer was excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1935. It is located on the hillside below her son's offering chapel. The small rock-cut chamber contained chests of linen cloth, baskets of food offerings, and personal belongings. Several family members, including Hatnofer's husband, Ramose, seem to have been brought from elsewhere and reburied in this tomb.