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.
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.
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…