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Amulet of a papyrus column (wadj)

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Plaque with a wadj in relief made of amazonite. One of fifty-six beads and amulets from the wrappings of a single mummy. (Body A, Tomb 23).


From Tell Nabasha, Tomb 23, body A. 1886, excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; presented to the MFA at EEF fifth annual general meeting; sent over June 1, 1887. (Accession date: January 1, 1887)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, Late Period, 664–332 B.C.


Tell Nabasha, Egypt


Overall: 2.7 x 1 cm (1 1/16 x 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets