Amulets were worn to protect the wearer or provide the wearer with the attributes represented by the amulet.
Bes was an impish Egyptian god with many roles, including guarding houses from snakes and being a protector of family and childbirth.
The ‘djed’ pillar was an ancient Egyptian symbol of stability and was associated with the gods Ptah, Sokar and Osiris.
The eye of Horus, also called the wadjet, was an ancient Egyptian symbol of healing and protection.
The eye of Horus, or wadjet, was an ancient Egyptian symbol of healing and protection.
This silver ornament comes from the town of Nizwa in Oman.
In ancient Egypt the eye of Horus was a symbol of protection and was often worn as a good luck charm.
Little is known about the Egyptian god Ptah-Pataikos, as he is only known from amulets, and a single mention in a Greek text.
This amulet represents the ancient Egyptian god Qebehsenuef, one of the Four Sons of Horus and protector of the dead.
This amulet represents the ancient Egyptian goddess Sekhmet.
This amulet represents the ancient Egyptian god Nefertum.
This Egyptian amulet would have been a powerful symbol.
This phallic amulet has a suspension hole so it can be worn around the neck or from a belt as a charm.
This shamanic ritual amulet is made from a bear’s tooth, which has been carved into the shape of a wolf.
Leather amulets, like this example, were produced by Islamic communities in West Africa.
The amulet was produced by an Islamic community in West Africa.
This intaglio is made from glass which was a cheap substitute for gems or semi-precious stones.
This finger ring contains a stone amulet which is cut to represent the face of an owl with two eyes and a beak, or possibly a human face with eyes and nose.
This is a cameo made from three-layered agate.
Metal figures were popular in the Roman world, often as votive items.