Was-sceptre



Accession Number
WK48
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Woodwork case
Object Type
Accessory (including regalia), Sceptre
Period
Late Period
Dynasty
Twenty-sixth Dynasty
Material
Wood
Measurements
Height: 80mm | Width: 11mm | 8mm
Number of Elements
1

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Description

This wooden object is possibly part of a was-sceptre judging by the bifurcated end. The upper part should have a stylized animal head, although this is not present. Additionally, there is no evidence to suggest that the object is broken since the entire surface, including the upper short end, is painted yellow. Strudwick notes that wooden was-sceptres were found in a box within the Twenty-sixth Dynasty tomb of Tjaenhebu, which might represent parallels to WK48. It is part of the Woking Collection, which arrived to the Egypt Centre on long-term loan from Woking College in 2012 (Engel 2020).

Bibliography

Engel, Dulcie (2020) The Woking Loan: a collection within a collection at the Egypt Centre. Available at: https://www.egypt.swan.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/WOKING-LOAN.pdf Strudwick, Nigel 2009. True "ritual objects" in Egyptian private tombs? In Backes, Burkhard, Marcus Müller-Roth, and Simone Stöhr (eds), Ausgestattet mit den Schriften des Thot: Festschrift für Irmtraut Munro zu ihrem 65. Geburtstag, Studien zum Altägyptischen Totenbuch 14. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. 213–238.

Other Identity
E.24 (written on a white square label on the object)
Previous Owner
Woking College
Acquisition
Long-term loan, Woking College (31 May 2012)
Last modified: 21 Feb 2021

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