List of ancient Egyptian statuary with amulet necklaces

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Collection of amulets, Senckenberg, Naturmuseum, Frankfurt, Germany.
Suspension hole on 3-god plaque, lug-holes on: papyrus stem, Menats-(counterpoise)(?), large heart(?)(bottom-right)
(Photo: High-Res expandible).
Row 3: (4)-Heart amulets.

The "Amulets of Ancient Egypt" fall in approximately seven major categories:

  1. –Amulets of gods/goddesses & sacred animals
  2. –Amulets of protection (or aversion)
  3. –The Scarab (artifact) for the living, (or for a funerary offering)
  4. –Amulets of assimilation
  5. –Amulets for powers
  6. –Amulets of possessions, property, or as offerings
  7. –(symbolism of materials)

The first usages are from timeperiods of: ED, Early Dynastic Period, FIP, First Intermediate Period, G-R, Graeco-Roman Period, LD, Late Dynastic Period, MK, Middle Kingdom, NK, New Kingdom, OK, Old Kingdom, SIP, Second Intermediate Period, and TIP, Third Intermediate Period.

Amulet Egy. lang. equiv Discovered by Usage-or-
Origin
City/
cemetery
Notes
Louvre - amulettes du vizir Paser.jpg Papyrus stem (hieroglyph)
(scarab at left)
udjt
utchat
5th Dynasty Mastaba One of the 14 Spirits of Ra-(no 5); meanings of youth, viguor
Ancient Egyptian pectoral Louvre.JPG Girdle of Isis/Knot of Isis
Tyet

(and Djed Pillar)
tyt Flinders Petrie 5th Dynasty Mastaba

Amulets of protection[edit]

Amulets of protection: animals, gods, goddesses, etc.

Ankh Amulet[edit]

S34 (life symbol)

(seated)-block statue of: Cuboid Statue of Tety called Tetyty,[1] (photo), British Museum

Amulet Egy. lang. equiv Discovered by Usage-or-
Origin
City/
cemetery
Notes
GD-EG-Alex-MuséeNat063.JPG Ankh-Amulet
on necklace
'n(kh) British Museum, acquired by E. A. Wallis Budge 1475BC Karnak-(?) protection, or honorary amulet

part of hieroglyph-statement-theme: an(kh)-hot(e)p
(+ on right and left hands: symbols of Upper and Lower Egypt + Sun + Moon); modern meaning: Enjoy: Life & Peace, everywhere the Sun and Moon is present,[2] (all of Egypt)

see wikicommons: Block statues of Egypt

Bes Amulet[edit]

D2 (gardiner (unlisted)) (sometimes just (face of bes))

(shiny boxwood statuette) Young Girl, (shaved head with youth side lock), Carrying oversized Pot The Durham Servant Girl, (photo, Durham Museum)

Amulet Egy. lang. equiv Discovered by Usage-or-
Origin
City/
cemetery
Notes
Egypte louvre 012.jpg medium-sized Bes Amulet
on necklace
Durham University Museum
acquired after 1816, by Lord Algernon Percy
(reign of Amenhotep III) from pit, near TT52
owned by First Prophet of Amun, MeryPtah
protection, or honorary amulet
(no photo, at present[3])
for God of Children, or Youth

boxwood, small cosmetic container-(in non-standard/expressionist style)

Eye of Horus Amulet[edit]

D10 (eye of horus)

Gayer-Anderson cat, (donated to British Museum)

Amulet Egy. lang. equiv Discovered by Usage-or-
Origin
City/
cemetery
Notes
Gayer-Anderson Cat 01.jpg Plaque-Necklace
as Eye-of-Horus Amulet
(Late Period of Egypt) cat, as cat-Goddess Bastet

British Museum

Eye of Horus Amulet, Thoth-Baboon statues[edit]

D10 (eye of horus)

Thoth-as Baboon, (Louvre)

Amulet Egy. lang. equiv Discovered by Usage-or-
Origin
City/
cemetery
Notes
Louvre-egyptologie-babouin-thot.jpg Plaque-Necklace
as Eye-of-Horus Amulet
baboon, as god-Thoth

Louvre (no. E17496)

Other types of plaque-necklaces on Thoth-baboon:

3-Fox-Skins[edit]

F31 (three fox skins)

vertical Painted Relief Panel of Iry,[4] Scribe, ((correct vertical)-Painted Panel Relief of Iry. )

Amulet Egy. lang. equiv Discovered by Usage-or-
Origin
City/
cemetery
Notes
Hesy-Ra CG1428 det1.jpg 3-fox skins
on necklace
ms, "born of"

examples: Pharaoh Ahmose: "Moon-Born", or:
Kamose, "Spirit-Born"
4th Dynasty
(2613–2589 BC)
Iry's Tomb, Saqqara protection(?), or honorary amulet(?)
---
(Actual Photo of Iry's Panel, see British Museum page)

(photo shown of similar vertical panel, same period of hieroglyphs: Hesy-Ra-(on wood))

Fringed-Fabric ligatured w/ vertical S-(folded cloth)[edit]

S28 (fringed fabric with (vertical s folded cloth))
Amulet Egy. lang. equiv Discovered by Usage-or-
Origin
City/
cemetery
Notes
NarmerPalette-ROM-back.jpg Fringed-Fabric with S folded cloth-Symbol
on necklace
Narmer Palette,
Predynastic Egypt or Old Kingdom
the palette is from Hierakonopolis behind Pharaoh Narmer, attendant carrying "pair of sandals": his title from necklace: Steward of the Pharaoh's Wardrobe

necklace of authority
(see expanded version: Attendant of Pharaoh Narmer)

Heart amulet[edit]

F34 (heart)
Amulet Egy. lang. equiv Discovered by Usage-or-
Origin
City/
cemetery
Notes
Ramose TT55 Apouya.jpg Heart Amulet
on necklace
TT55, tomb of Ramose (TT55), (in Theban Tomb 55) Necklace with
Heart-shaped amulet

Central Figure, under 2-opposite-facing Water Libation vessels streaming Water-streams.
Usekh collar, double-stranded necklace w/ large amulet laying upon the collar.
Wikicommons, Tomb of Ramose

Pectoral Necklace[edit]

S11
 
S17A (pectoral on necklace (approximate)
Amulet Egy. lang. equiv Discovered by Usage-or-
Origin
City/
cemetery
Notes
Louvre 122007 55.jpg Pectoral
on necklace
Louvre Museum suspension loop
--
(for necklace)

Unidentified amulet[edit]

F31 (three fox skins)

(two statues) Prince Rahotep, and wife Nofret

Amulet Egy. lang. equiv Discovered by Usage-or-
Origin
City/
cemetery
Notes
Prince Ra-Hotep and Princess Nefer-T (cropped).jpg possibly:
3-fox skins
on necklace

(for husband: Prince Rahotep-wife Nofret has a Usekh collar-type necklace)
4th Dynasty
(2613–2589 BC)
the couple's Mastaba at Meidum protection(?), or honorary amulet(?)

Amulet necklace statues of Senusret III[edit]

O39 (unknown)
 
F29 (f29 (pierced hide)

– (created by Senusret III(?), or from Kush country(?))
Statues of Senusret III

Amulet Egy. lang. equiv Discovered by Usage-or-
Origin
City/
cemetery
Notes
StatueOfSesotrisIII-EA684-BritishMuseum-August19-08.jpg pierced object amulet
on necklace
12th Dynasty
(ca 1850 BC)
(post Kush campaigns(?))
Senusret III statue at British Museum protection(?), or honorary amulet(?)

found on multiple statues

Scarab amulets[edit]

For Scarab as an artifact, jewellery part, writing surface, grave good, see Scarab (artifact).

Amulets of assimilation[edit]

2-Wine-Jars[edit]

W21 (two wine vessels)

(tomb relief) Maya (Egyptian) w/Staff and hieroglyph inscriptions–(Tomb of Maya)

Amulet Egy. lang. equiv Discovered by Usage-or-
Origin
City/
cemetery
Notes
Statue of Maya and Merit (Leiden).jpg 2-Wine-Jars amulet
on necklace
irp, 'wine'
(Det.)
Geoffrey Martin
1986-
(Re-working of Saqqara tombs-newly discovered tomb)[5]
Tomb of Maya

Maya was Treasurer of Tutankhamun
Abundance
(no photo link, at present)

(see Pectoral (Ancient Egypt))


References[edit]

  1. ^ Keller, 2000. Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2000. Egyptian Treasure from the British Museum, Statue of Tety, p. 44-45.
  2. ^ Keller, 2000; Statue of Tety, p. 45.
  3. ^ Reeves, 2000, Ancient Egypt, The Great Discoveries, a Year-by-Year Chronicle, 1816-1818, p. 19.
  4. ^ Keller, 2000. Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2000. Egyptian Treasure from the British Museum, Relief Panel of Iry, p. 40-41.
  5. ^ Reeves, 2000, Ancient Egypt, The Great Discoveries, a Year-by-Year Chronicle, 1975: New Kingdom Tombs at Saqqara, pp. 215-219, Other tombs - and Maya, pp. 218-219.
  • Andrews, Carol, 1994. Amulets of Ancient Egypt, chapter 4: Scarabs for the living and funerary scarabs, pp 50–59, Andrews, Carol, c 1993, University of Texas Press, 518 amulets, 1, or multiples included in 12 necklaces; (softcover, ISBN 0-292-70464-X)
  • Keller, 2000. Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, c 2000. Egyptian Treasure from the British Museum, Peter Keller, (Bowers), Robert Anderson, (British Museum), Carol A.R. Andrews, (British Museum), Relief Panel of Iry, p. 40-41. (softcover, ISBN 0-9679612-0-3)
  • Reeves, 2000. Ancient Egypt, The Great Discoveries, a Year-by-Year Chronicle, Nicholas Reeves, (Thames and Hudson Ltd, London), c 2000. 1975: New Kingdom Tombs at Saqqara, pp. 215–219, Other tombs - and Maya, pp. 218–219. (1816-18): After 1816, The Durham Servant Girl, p. 19. (hardcover, ISBN 0-500-05105-4)

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