Rare Ancient Egyptian Wadj Papyrus Sceptre Amulet / Charm – Banded Alabaster

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Seller: ancientpasts (249) 99.4%, Location: Peterborough, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 352692723231 Visit Our Shop Add To Saved Sellers Join Our Newsletter Contact Us Ancient Egyptian Wadj Papyrus Sceptre Amulet / Charm – Banded Alabaster 5.2 cm Description Date: New Kingdom -Third Intermediate Period; 1550 BC – 664 BC Size: length 5.21 cm, width to thickest point 1.81 cm, weight at 19.94 grams: The papyrus plant was revered by the Egyptians and symbolised new life and by extension resurrection. Thus, the Wadj or papyrus sceptre in amulet and charm form was first mentioned in Coffin text no. 106. By the time of the Book of the Dead was compiled it had become a prescribed amulet. Both Chapters 159 and 160 concern a papyrus column of feldspar to be placed at the throat of the deceased. One of the earliest firmly dated Wadj-amulets was found in the tomb of Akhenaten’s vizer, Aper-el, at Saqqara; Most individual columns are shaped in the round with characteristically sagging shafts, sometimes with basal leaves defined, and open spreading head with a suspension loop on top of it or behind. They were predominantly green, however, not exclusively and of glazed composition, feldspar, glass, and glazed steatite: gilded wood, haematite, and even carnelian. It is unusual to see an Alabaster example as here: Alabaster in an Egyptian context is usually a lustrous white or cream calcite. It was found in several locations in Egypt on the east bank. Being easily carved, it was shaped into amulets even before the beginning of the First Dynasty, but its use was very sporadic. Reference: AMULETS OF ANCIENT EGYPT: Andrews. C: [British Museum Press 1993 – out of Print] - Page 81/82 for similar material: This example does not appear to have the common terminal retention loop, however, there appears to be a small hole to the upper-roundel, and it may be, that this was a form of retention; The alabaster is pale brown to cream and is banded in nature: The outer surfaces of the alabaster show age-associated smooth wear with inner pore calcite formations seen in a granular nature. Please see my macro-generated photography for the full condition: Provenance: Purchased on the London art market in the 1980’s: I acquired the item in the mid-1990s and it has remained in my private collection ever since this time: My own inquiries of such items have led me to believe that items like this one were collected by antiquarians in the early 19th century when all things Egyptian were of the highest fashion.Available with a unique Ancientpasts Certificate of Authenticity upon sale:Copyright Ancient Pasts | All rights reserved Shipping UK Royal Mail Special Delivery: International Royal Mail Tracked and Signed: Returns Available please contact us for Terms and Conditions: Payment We accept payment via Debit & Credit Card and PayPal. All transactions are 100% secure. Why Buy From Us? Thank you for Visiting our eBay Listing Copyright Ancient Pasts | All rights reserved Condition: Very Fine Banded Alabaster, Provenance: AP Private Collection formed in the 1990s, Colour: Brown, Type: Amulets, Material: Alabaster

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