Amulets, Egyptian, c 4000 BC-30 AD.
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An amulet is a personal ornament which, because of its shape, material, or colour, is believed to endow its wearer with certain powers or capabilities and offer protection. The Ancient Egyptians often used amulets to protect themselves against disease. The Egyptian words for 'amulet' come primarily from words meaning 'to guard' or 'protect' and also 'well being'. Five of these amulets are Egyptian and made from faience. Three show Anubis, the jackal-headed god.