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Ivory wand

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Carved from hippopotamus ivory, this wand is decorated on one side with a procession of both real and fantastical animals. These figures include a cat, frog, griffin, composite felines, the goddess Taweret, and a jackal-headed god. Such figures are customarily identified as apotropaic, or...

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Said to be from Naqada. 1903: purchased for the MFA in Qena, Egypt from Ghirgas by Albert M. Lythgoe for £2. Acquired with funds from the Emily Esther Sears Fund. (Accession Date: January 1, 1903)

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Emily Esther Sears Fund

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 13, 1783–about 1640 B.C.

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Object Place

Said to be from Naqada, Egypt


Length x width: 35 x 4 cm (13 3/4 x 1 9/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


Religious and cult objects