Amuletic Wand card

Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum

Amuletic Wand


Currently not on display


Magic wand (also known as a ‘birth wand’) shaped like a boomerang, made from hippopotamus ivory and incised on one side with seven images of deities associated with birth. The procession goes as usual, compared to other wands, with the lion’s mask to the jackal’s head, both here very clearly shown, and begins with the figure of a cat, holding a knife in its forepaw. Behind the cat comes the hippopotamus goddess (Taweret), leaning upon a sa hieroglyphic sign, and armed with a knife; and then a lion (Aha?) with a knife. The middle of the wand is occupied by a long-necked panther (?), also armed with a knife, with the hieroglyph for fire displayed above his back, and followed by a turtle. The procession is closed with a winged creature followed by another cat, this time rampant, and armed with a knife. The figures are carefully executed, and the wand was in five pieces mended together with only a small piece near the tip being missing, and having been replaced by plaster. Said to be from Thebes. Destroyed in World War Two.