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Isis knot (tyet) amulet

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 26
664–525 B.C


Findspot: Egypt, Giza

Dimensions

Other: 1.9 cm (3/4 in.)

Accession Number

29.1448

Medium or Technique

Steatite

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

Ring at top broken off.
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 ideal material for tyets, as shown here, was red stone, identified with the blood of Isis.

Provenance

From Giza: G 7540T, Room I [Excav. date] March, 1929. 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