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Treasures of the Mummies

Mummies were buried with many different types of objects.

 

Amulets 

Amulets were buried with the mummy usually in and around the mummy bandages. These amulets would protect the mummy after death. The eye of Horus (or 'wedjat eye') was a famous amulet which was used as a symbol of protection from evil. Amulets were also used by Egyptians in their daily lives.

Eye of Horus

Scarab Amulet © Harrogate Borough Council, Museums and Arts Service

 

Shabtis

Shabtis were small statuettes usually in the form of a mummy and were placed inside the tomb of the deceased. The Egyptians believed that these figures would come to life when called by the dead person and would serve him in his afterlife.

 

Shabti Figure © Harrogate Borough Council, Museums and Arts Service

 

Jewellery and treasures

Jewellery and treasures Mummies were often buried with many of their belongings that might be needed in the afterlife.  If the mummy belonged to a very rich person, such as the Pharaoh, he would be buried with objects made out of gold, for example jewellery. A famous discovery was the tomb of Tutankhamun whose whole coffin was made out of gold. Tutankhamun was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922.

 

Bead Bracelet with various gemstones and amulets © Harrogate Borough Council, Museums and Arts Service

Furniture, models of farmers, bakers, millers and pottery have all been found in burial sites. All these were everyday items that the deceased would need to have a comfortable afterlife.