Isis knot (tyet) amulet


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, From Pit G 7792 A, in filling of pit


Overall: 2.7 x 0.9 x 0.4 cm (1 1/16 x 3/8 x 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Red glass paste

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World



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.


From Giza, Egypt, from Pit G 7792 A, in filling of pit, 1928 : excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition