Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Tit (Isis knot) amulet

Period:
Late Period–Ptolemaic Period
Date:
525–30 BC
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Red Glass
Dimensions:
H. 3.1 × W. 1.2 cm (1 1/4 × 1/2 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.2530
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
Some of the glass amulets from the later Late Period through the Ptolemaic Period can be specifically tied to spells of the Book of the Dead. For example, red is the preferred color for the tit knot: Book of the Dead chapter 156 prescribes a tit knot of red jasper at the throat of the deceased to provide him / her with the protection of Isis.
This tit knot is blocky and not completely worked out. Presumably it meant to be wrapped between the bandages of the mummy where the presence of the amulet would do its job irrespective of its degree of finish.
Formerly Gréau Collection. Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan before 1903. Donated to the Museum, 1917.

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