Amulets: parts of human bodies
Amulets in form of parts of the human bodies are common in the First Intermediate Period. They might have had the function to protect the parts they show; often they are found at the appropriate body part (Badari 4903; Qau 1735).
|frontal faces||Mainly attested at the end of the Old Kingdom (about 2686-2181 BC) and in the First Intermediate Period|
|wedjat eye||Attested from the end of the Old Kingdom (about 2686-2181 BC) to the Roman Period; very popular|
|hand||very typical for the First Intermediate Period, sometimes found in the New Kingdom|
|fist||common in the First Intermediate Period, then sporadically to the Roman Period|
|double finger||Twenty-sixth Dynasty to Thirtieth Dynasty or Ptolemaic Period|
|leg||Attested from the end of the Old Kingdom (about 2686-2181 BC) to the early Middle Kingdom|
datings are according: Müller-Winkler 1987: 73-208
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