Ancient Egyptian amulet, the girdle or knot of Isis (Thet/Tyet), 4000-30 BC.
Image number: 10284908
An amulet is a personal ornament which, because of its shape, material, or colour, is believed to endow its wearer with certain powers or capabilities and offer protection. The Ancient Egyptians often used amulets to protect themselves against disease. The Egyptian words for 'amulet' come primarily from words meaning 'to guard' or 'protect' and also 'well being'. The Egyptian goddess Isis protected the dead with a Carnelian stone amulet named Thet, or Tyet. After being soaked in Ankhami flower water and placed on the body of the deceased, Isis would grant the person protection from harm while moving through the afterlife.
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- Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
- Date taken:
- 12 January 2004 15:44
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- Science Museum