Papyrus Sceptre Amulet



Upper half of a very large sized amulet in the form of a papyrus sceptre ('wadj' in Ancient Egyptian) with an unpierced 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. surface is very weathered. Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society in the 1920/30s. Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society. Acquired by the EES in the division of finds. Donated to the East Anglia Egyptian Society by the EES in recognition of a contribution to the EES (excavation subscription). Donated to Norwich Castle Museum. Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum in 1956 by Liverpool City Museum (now World Museum).