The Tyet is also known as the Knot, Girdle or Buckle of Isis is an ancient Egyptian symbol that came to be connected to the goddess Isis. In many aspects, the Tyet resembles an ankh, except that its arms curve down. Its meaning is also reminiscent of the ankh as it is often translated to mean “welfare” or “life”
Many samples of the Tyet have been found tied around the necks of mummies; the amulets were intended to protect the dead from all that was harmful in the afterlife.
Height: 22cm / 8.6 inches
Width: 11cm / 4.3 inches
Depth: 2cm / 0.8 inches
Isis was a major goddess in ancient Egyptian religion whose worship spread throughout the Greco-Roman world. Isis was first mentioned in the Old Kingdom (c. 2686–2181 BCE) as one of the main characters of the Osiris myth, in which she resurrects her slain husband, the divine king Osiris, and produces and protects his heir, Horus. She was believed to help the dead enter the afterlife as she had helped Osiris, and she was considered the divine mother of the pharaoh, who was likened to Horus. Her maternal aid was invoked in healing spells to benefit ordinary people. Originally, she played a limited role in royal rituals and temple rites, although she was more prominent in funerary practices and magical texts. She was usually portrayed in art as a human woman wearing a throne-like hieroglyph on her head.