Bith Tusk Fragment?


Fragment of hippopotamus tusk incised with the head of jackal. Probably a fragment of a so-called "birth tusk" also known as a "wand", shaped like a boomerang. Many preserved examples are incised with images of deities that may have protected mother and child. Excavated by the Liverpool Institute of Archaeology, 1906. From Abydos, tomb number 22 A'06. From the same grave were three fragments of a stone saucer ( lost in the Second World War.