The Egyptians wore amulets alongside other pieces of jewellery. They were decorative, but also served a practical purpose, being considered to bestow power and protection upon the wearer. Many of the amulets have been found inside the wrappings of mummies, as they were used to prepare the deceased for the afterlife.
The Djed pillar amulet was one of the most common of all those placed on the mummy. A number of them could be strung around the lower torso, or placed singly on the upper chest or around the neck. The Djed pillar symbolized stability and endurance. Its form was said to represent the pole around which grain was tied, but it later became the representation of the backbone of the god, Osiris.
Flask amulets were probably intended to represent the situla, a ritual metal bucket used to carry holy water in sacred activities.
In the New Kingdom period, lion amulets were possibly expected to endow the wearer with ferocity and bravery (qualities often attributed to lions) but in later periods they performed a protective function. In addition, lions were thought to have regenerative abilities, and on this ground were also placed on mummies.
To find out more about Ancient Egyptian amulets please see our relevant blog post: Egyptian Amulets and their Meanings.