On the neck alone of Tutankhamun's mummy there were twenty amulets arranged in six groups, each group separated from the next by several layers of bandages. The serpent head amulet was in the second group from the top and the cobra amulet illustrated here belonged to the next group below.

On the neck alone of Tutankhamun's mummy there were twenty amulets arranged in six groups, each group separated from the next by several layers of bandages. The serpent head amulet was in the second group from the top and the cobra amulet illustrated here belonged to the next group below.

An ancient Egyptian amulet fashioned as the goddess Taweret. (Victoria & Albert Museum)

Amulet pendant of Taweret (Pendant)

An ancient Egyptian amulet fashioned as the goddess Taweret. (Victoria & Albert Museum)

The royal cobra of Senuseret I in inlaid gold    The Ancient Egyptians were very wary of snakes, especially the poisonous Egyptian cobra and the black-necked spitting cobra, which could spit venom into the eyes of an aggressor.    The cobra was adopted as protector of the king, and representations of the snake (referred to by Egyptologists as an uraeus), with its hood raised and ready to spit venom, sometimes adorn the brows of various kings.

The royal cobra of Senuseret I in inlaid gold The Ancient Egyptians were very wary of snakes, especially the poisonous Egyptian cobra and the black-necked spitting cobra, which could spit venom into the eyes of an aggressor. The cobra was adopted as protector of the king, and representations of the snake (referred to by Egyptologists as an uraeus), with its hood raised and ready to spit venom, sometimes adorn the brows of various kings.

TWO EGYPTIAN GOLD AMULETS   LATE PERIOD-PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, CIRCA 664-30 B.C. Comprising a seated cat and a horus falcon, both with suspension loops on their backs ½ in. (1.2 cm.) high max. (2) Provenance  Gawain McKinley collection, acquired prior to 1996.

TWO EGYPTIAN GOLD AMULETS LATE PERIOD-PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, CIRCA 664-30 B.C. Comprising a seated cat and a horus falcon, both with suspension loops on their backs ½ in. (1.2 cm.) high max. (2) Provenance Gawain McKinley collection, acquired prior to 1996.

Qebehet (Kebechet), as a snake with a feather, sitting on top of a standard. Qebehet is the daughter of Anubis and was depicted as a snake or ostrich carrying water. She was the goddess of freshness and purification (by water) who washed the entrails of the deceased and brought the sacred water to Anubis for his tasks. She was thought to give water to the spirits of the dead while they waited for the mummification process to be complete. She was probably related to mummification where she…

Qebehet (Kebechet), as a snake with a feather, sitting on top of a standard. Qebehet is the daughter of Anubis and was depicted as a snake or ostrich carrying water. She was the goddess of freshness and purification (by water) who washed the entrails of the deceased and brought the sacred water to Anubis for his tasks. She was thought to give water to the spirits of the dead while they waited for the mummification process to be complete. She was probably related to mummification where she…

Tesorillo hallado en la pirámide del faraón Sejemhet

Tesorillo hallado en la pirámide del faraón Sejemhet

Coffin for Ibis Mummy. Wood, gesso, silver, gold, rock crystal. 332-30 BC.  Collection of the Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 49.48.

Coffin for Ibis Mummy. Wood, gesso, silver, gold, rock crystal. 332-30 BC. Collection of the Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 49.48.

(Millennium Oldest Gold) Egyptian Nursing Isis Gold. ca 1st millennium BCE. Egypt. Louvre Museum.

(Millennium Oldest Gold) Egyptian Nursing Isis Gold. ca 1st millennium BCE. Egypt. Louvre Museum.

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