Protection from harm
The tyet, or ‘Isis knot’ was an amulet representing the goddess Isis. As the mother of Horus – the king of Egypt – Isis embodied motherhood. She was also a powerful healer and magician and, along with her sister Nephthys, mourned the dead and protected and sustained them in the afterlife. Tyet-amulets were a symbol of protection from harm.
This tyet-amulet, drawn with black ink on papyrus, is from a page of the Book of the Dead in the collection at the Garstang Museum of Archaeology in Liverpool (temporary accession number 2017/34/2). The owner of the manuscript was a man called Inaros, who lived in Egypt probably during the Saite Period (c. 664–332 BC), a time of Persian rule. The tyet on this papyrus is only a few centimetres in height, but has been photographed using a macro lens to bring out the detail in the brush strokes and lit to highlight the texture of the papyrus. It is an illustration accompanying Spell 156 of the Book of the Dead. To find out more about the goddess Isis and her association with this amulet and its spell, you can read this article on my blog.
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