Egypt, 26th Dynastic Period, c. 664- 525 B.C. An amulet formed in the shape of a papyrus column known as a papyrus sceptre or Wadj sceptre. This delicately formed amulet has been crafted from a rich feldspar hard stone which in ancient Egypt was a precious and expensive material. We can assume this amulet would have been made for someone in a high elite position of society. Amulets formed of faience were common in ancient Egypt. These were available to vast majority of society. This amulet, formed of feldspar was created with eternity in mind; unlike faience, hard stone materials were ever lasting and created a feeling of eternity.
This amulet depicts a rolled papyrus scroll and was used a protective amulet to provide the deceased with eternal youth in the afterlife. These were found in the wrappings of the deceased and were used to prepare the deceased for their journey providing the magic of youth for eternity. After all, we all want to live eternally as our best selves. The Egyptians were no different. In hieroglyphs the papyrus sceptre was depicted as the word ‘Wadj’ which translates as the word ‘fresh’. This amulet can really be described as an amulet establishing eternal youth and health.
Size: L:42mm / W:13mm ; 5g
Provenance: From a private London collection; acquired on the UK art market in the 1960s/70s.