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Magic Wand Depicting a Procession of Deities
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Magic Wand Depicting a Procession of Deities


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Credit
Description The curve of this wand follows that of the hippopotamus tusk from which it was made but its flat form is reminiscent of the curved throwing sticks used to catch fowl. Powerful protective deities, such as Taweret and Bes, are depicted together with protective uraeus serpents and other mythical creatures. Many of the figures brandish knives to dispel evil spirits.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
6/13/1979Examinationexamined for condition
11/16/1982Treatmentcleaned; examined for condition
9/17/1998Examinationsurvey
Exhibitions
  • Ivory: The Sumptuous Art. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1983-1984.
  • Mistress of House Mistress of Heaven: Women in Ancient Egypt. Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn. 1996-1997.
  • Daily Magic in Ancient Egypt. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2007.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1914, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1914

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Period
ca. 1880-1700 BCE (Middle Kingdom, late 12th-13th dynasty)
Medium
hippopotamus ivory
(Ivory & Bone)
Accession Number
71.510
Measurements
6 5/16 x 14 3/8 x 1/4 in. (16 x 36.5 x 0.7 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)

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