The Vulture was worn as a protective talisman by both the living and the deceased.
Meaning of the Vulture: To the ancient Egyptians the Vulture symbolized the protection of the goddess Isis.
The vulture amulet was intended to cause the power of Isis as the "divine mother" to be a protection for the deceased
The symbol of the Vulture became associated with the goddess Isis from the New Kingdom onwards when the collection of spells contained in the funerary texts known as the Book of the Dead were evolved from the earlier Pyramid Texts and Coffin Texts.
Spell 158 in the Book of the Dead relates to the vulture in reference to Isis and states "...the mighty lady, protecteth him, and she hath transferred her power unto him..."
The vulture amulet was directed to be set on the throat of the mummy on the day of internment. The talisman would give the deceased the fierceness and strength of the goddess Isis. The vulture symbol related to ancient Egyptian mythology in which, following the death of Osiris, Isis searched the papyrus swamps for his body parts in the form of a vulture.
The vulture played an important role in the Early history of ancient Egypt. The goddess Nekhbet was the Egyptian white vulture goddess and protector of the Pharaohs and Upper Egypt. Nekhbet the vulture goddess was paired with Wadjet the cobra goddess and were referred to as the 'Two Ladies' and represented the unification of the lands of ancient Egypt.
The ancient Egyptians viewed the vulture as being excellent model of motherhood.
A Talisman or an amulet can be described as a religious object consisting of a stone or other small item, often inscribed or carved with magical inscriptions, magic signs, magic symbols, formula or sacred text.