Stunning Turquoise Egyptian Sceptre Amulet

£ 1,250.00

A stunning carved turquoise amulet of a papyrus sceptre, or wadj. The amulet is carved to represent the stem of the papyrus plant, which was a popular motif in Egyptian culture, appearing in hieroglyphs as well as architectural design. This exceptional example of a wadj amulet is finely carved from solid turquoise, instead of the more commonly found faience which was used to imitate the aquamarine hue of the natural mineral. The amulet is pierced for suspension, and would have been worn for protection, or placed in the wrappings of a mummy.

Date: Circa 664 - 525 BC
Period: Late Period - 26th Dynasty
Provenance: From an early 20th century Home Counties, UK, collection.
Condition: Very fine, the item has been professionally repaired to the top, some stable cracks in the stone.


Product Code: ES-121
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The Wadj Sceptre is a rolled papyrus scroll, and in amulet form was thought to give the wearer eternal youth. The papyrus was used in the hieroglyphic script for the word ‘wadj‘, meaning “fresh”, making it an appropriate talisman for the preservation of the body. The papyrus sceptre thus symbolised new life and regeneration, and so held particular significance for the deceased in the afterlife. Although turquoise is closely associated with Egyptian culture in academic and popular perceptions, it was, in fact, a rare commodity in ancient Egypt. Its light blue-green colour was connected to fertility and vegetation, therefore greatly valued.

To discover more about Egyptian amulets, please visit our relevant blog post: Amulets in Ancient Egypt.

Dimensions L 3.7 cm

North Africa

Semi-Precious Stone


Reference: For a similar item, see National Museums Liverpool, Accession Number 44.19.67

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