Papyrus column amulet

New Kingdom–Ptolemaic Period

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 127

This amulet depicts a papyrus scepter or a papyrus column with a loop for suspension at the top. The plant itself, its Egyptian name wadj (which means "green" or "fresh"), and the choice of green-blue faience all strongly evoke life, vitality, and regenerative power, qualities desirable for the living and the dead. Papyrus column amulets are very difficult to date. They occur from the New Kingdom on and were very popular in the Late Period.

Papyrus column amulet, Faience

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