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Tyt Amulet (Knot of Isis)

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

The Egyptians worked with gold and semiprecious stones from earliest times. They mined both types of material in the desert east of the Nile and in present-day Sudan, called “Nubia” in ancient times after the ancient Egyptian word for gold (nub). Clearly, objects made from these high-value materials were available only to the highest ranks of society.
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1539-1075 B.C.E.
    PERIOD New Kingdom (possibly)
    DIMENSIONS 2 3/8 x 1 x 3/16 in. (6 x 2.5 x 0.5 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Reddish- brown jasper amulet in the shape of a girdle tie. The space enclosed by the upper loop has been hollowed out. The other details have been given by incised lines with some slight rounding to the forms. On the rear surface is incised a rectangle containing “Lady of the House, Beqnesiyunu”. Condition: Small chips; otherwise good.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Tyt Amulet (Knot of Isis), ca. 1539-1075 B.C.E. Jasper, 2 3/8 x 1 x 3/16 in. (6 x 2.5 x 0.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1271E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.1271E_front_PS2.jpg)
    IMAGE front, 37.1271E_front_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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