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Wand in the form of a two-headed serpent

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Magic played a crucial role in ancient Egyptian life. It was invoked to protect both the living and the dead from potential hazards, as well as to cure illnesses and other misfortunes that had already occurred. Pre-served writings, from literary tales to medical papyri, indicate that both kings...

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By approximately 1972: German private collection; by 2002: with Vincent J. Geerling, Amsterdam; 2002: purchased by the MFA from Vincent J. Geerling.

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Museum purchase with funds donated by Walter and Celia Gilbert

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom to Second Intermediate Period, Dy, 1783–1640 B.C.


Length: 57 cm (22 7/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


Religious and cult objects