Eye of Horus amulet

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Because ordinary people were excluded from the rituals of state religion, they found their own ways to worship, praying to images of the gods in local chapels or their own homes. They might drink water that had been poured over divine statues to cure or prevent diseases. Those who could afford it dedicated stelae (slabs of wood or stone carved with prayers) to the deities; some of these were carved with ears, to make sure their prayers were heard. Some went on pilgrimage to temples and made offerings there, quite often of mummified animals. Nearly everyone wore amulets to protect them and bring them good luck and many also used magic spells and charms.

Amuletic necklace


String of beads with amulets in gold and semi-precious stones; 1991 – 1750 BC.

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Magical or fertility figurine


A woman and her baby lying on a bed; 1300 – 1200 BC.

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Wooden figure of Bes


Bes, the protector of children and women in childbirth; around 1300 BC.

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Black stone stela


Cippus (stela) of Horus, used to cure bites and stings and protect against attacks from animals; about 600 – 200 BC.

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Hearing ear stela


Dedicated to the creator god Ptah; around 1250 BC.

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Protection from a queen


Painting of Queen Ahmose-Nefertari from a craftsman’s tomb; around 1145 BC.

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Mummy of a cat


Mummified cat made as an offering to Bastet; perhaps 1st century AD.

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Eye of Horus amulet