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Scepter of King Khasekhemwy

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Items of royal insignia, such as crowns, scepters, maces, and distinctive kilts, were established in Egypt's earliest dynasties to identify the king. They would continue to serve as potent symbols of royal authority and as protective implements to ward off hostile forces throughout Egyptian...

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From Abydos, tomb of King Khasekhemwy. 1901: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund in the division of finds by the government of Egypt, received by the MFA through subscription to the Egypt Exploration Fund. (Accession Date: August 1, 1901)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 2, reign of Khase, 2676–2649 B.C.

Object Place for Label


Abydos, Egypt


Length: 60 cm (23 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Sardonyx, gold, bronze


The Ancient World


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