About this object

Amulet in the form of a papyrus sceptre ('wadj' in Ancient Egyptian) with a suspension loop at the top. The papyrus plant symbolised new life and was associated with the concept of regeneration after death. Chapters 159 and 160 of the Book of the Dead mention that an amulet of this appearance was to be placed at the throat of a mummy.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Late Period or after
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    664 BC - 332 BC
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    James Currie
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1937 before
  • Measurements
    58 mm x 15 mm
  • Related people
    James Currie (Collector, previous owner); Daniel H Hanbury (Previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner)

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1941
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Daniel H Hanbury

    Owned from: 1937
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1941
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • James Currie

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1937
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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