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Amulet of a papyrus column (wadj)

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Amulet of turquoise blue faience with slight glaze remaining, in the shape of a papyrus scepter (wadj); no incised detailing. Ring at top for suspension. Broken near middle and mended.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 25–30, 760–332 B.C.


Height x diameter: 7.6 x 1.2 cm (3 x 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets