EGYPTIAN AMULET ART: Essay

English_Master May 7, 2016 No Comments
EGYPTIAN AMULET ART 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 give 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. Egyptian amulets functioned in a number of ways. Sym­bols and deities generally conferred the powers they repre­sent. Small models that represent known objects, such as head­rests or arms and legs, served to make sure those items were available to the individual or that a specific need could be addressed. Magic contained in an amulet could be understood not only from its shape. Material, color, scarcity, the group­ing of several forms, and words said or ingredients rubbed over the amulet could all be the source for magic granting the possessor’s wish. Small amulets of faience, stone, ceramic, metal, or glass, were common possessions in ancient Egypt. They were most...
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