nekhau or fish amulet, gold and beryl Dynasty 12–13 (ca. 1981–1640 B.C.E.) Egyptian; Lisht North, Tomb L847. Given to young girls to wear as a charm against drowning. Some scholars suggest that such amulets functioned by aversion, that is, a reminder of a watery environment was enough to give the owner security, but it is much more likely that the amulet allowed the wearer to acquire the abilities of a fish, and therefore survival, if she happened to fall into the water.