Isis knot (tyet) amulet

Egyptian
Late Period
664–332 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Tell Nabasha, Body A, Tomb 23

Dimensions

Overall: 3.4 x 1.3 cm (1 5/16 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

87.671.52

Medium or Technique

Sandstone, reddish brown

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. This example is one of sixty beads and amulets from the wrappings of a single mummy.

Provenance

From Tell Nabasha, Tomb 23, body A. 1886, excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; presented to the MFA at EEF fifth annual general meeting; sent over June 1, 1887. (Accession date: January 1, 1887)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription