Isis knot (tyet) amulet

Late Period
664–332 B.C.

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


Overall: 4 x 1.5 cm (1 9/16 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Fine grained basalt

Not On View


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


From Tell Nabasha, Tomb 23, body A. 1886: excavated by W.F. Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund; assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund by the government of Egypt; given to the MFA by the Egypt Exploration Fund.

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription