Isis knot (tyet) amulet

Egyptian
Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12
1991–1783 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bersha

Catalogue Raisonné

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 5.9 x 3.9 x 1 cm (2 5/16 x 1 9/16 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

21.927

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

A type of amulet known as the tyet consists of an open, knotted loop of cloth from which hangs a long sash flanked by a pair of loops. These amulets were closely associated with the goddes Isis and her protective powers. From the New Kingdom on, Egyptians and later Nubians routinely included them in the mummy wrappings to guard the mummy. The top of this tyet, originally dowelled in, is now missing.

Provenance

From Deir el-Bersha. 1915: excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition