Tyet (Isis knot) amulet

Late Period, Dynasty 26
664–525 B.C

Findspot: Egypt, Giza


Other: 2.1 cm (13/16 in.)

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Jewelry, The Ancient World



This is one of two red jasper tyet (Isis knot) amulets with this field number. 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 color for these amulets, as in this case, was red, symbolizing the blood of the goddess.


From Giza: G 7652A, Room IV [Excav. date] April 29, 1929. Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition