Isis knot (tyet) amulet
Findspot: Egypt, Tell Nabasha, Body A, Tomb 23
Overall: 4 x 1.5 cm (1 9/16 x 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Fine grained basalt
Not On View
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.
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