Tyet or Isis Knot, designed as reed bundle loop for mooring ships to shore. Used in Ancient Egypt as birthing amulet and grave ornament. Often wielded by Tawaret, hippo-croc-lion underworld goddess. The Ankh is an untied or loosened Tyet knot. It identifies an immortal soul who can ascend with Ra at dawn in solar barque having untied the mooring loop that binds it to the material plane.
Africa | A collection of Tuareg Crosses. Niger. | Tuareg crosses, now worn by women as pendants around the neck, were originally worn by men, passed down from father to son when the boy reached puberty | Most of the cross designs are named after oasis towns or mountains between Agadez in Niger and the Hoggar Mountains in the north, with the Agadez (Tuareg capital) being the best known of all the crosses.
Romano-Celtic, c. 2nd-1st century BC. Beautiful small bronze crescent amulet. Raised circular and pellet design, traces of original blue and white enamel on surfaces. 19.5 mm (3/4") http://www.ancientresource.com/lots/celtic.html
Glazed djed pillar Egypt, 26th Dynasty, 664-525 BC Djed pillars were among the amulets most commonly placed on mummies. They were used to represent the abstract concept of stability. The pillars were also associated with the god Osiris and were said to represent his backbone. The spell in the Book of the Dead associated with them calls out to the god: 'Raise yourself up Osiris! You have your backbone once more. O weary-hearted One; you have your vertebrae!' British Museum
Roman Votive Ear Panel, 1st-3rd century AD. Made from marble with a Greek inscription “”IAEICEYXHN”“(?). Votive offerings were presented to a god, sometimes either in the hope of a cure or as thanks for one. They were made in the shape of the afflicted body part – in this case a person’s ears so the owner of these ears may have had hearing problems or an ear infection. Ear votives may also have been given in the hopes that the god may “listen” to their requests in earnest.
Divination book | pustaha laklak] In distinctive folding bark books, Batak shamans [datu] record charms, prophesies and magic formulae, illuminated with protective schematic motifs and creatures. To preserve the magic and power of the practitioners, a book’s contents are usually only decipherable by the priest who wrote them. During some rites, manuscripts may be unfolded and draped over the shoulder of the datu as an amulet.