- THE COLLECTION
- THE SPIRIT OF THE GALLERY
Amulet with double Bès, made of silica paste glazed on its surface with a pale green color. Remains of black paint on the crown. Good state of preservation, erosion, ears are missing.
An amulet is a small object that a person wears, carries, or offers to a deity because he or she believes that it will magically bestow a particular power or form of protection. The conviction that a symbol, form, or concept provides protection, promotes well-being, or brings good luck is common to all societies: in our own, we commonly wear religious symbols, carry a favorite penny, or a rabbit’s foot. In ancient Egypt, amulets might be carried, used in necklaces, bracelets, or rings, and—especially—placed among a mummy’s bandages to ensure the deceased a safe, healthy, and productive afterlife.