Bronze staff in the shape of a uraeus
Egypt, early 18th Dynasty, 1550-1291
From Thebes, Upper Egypt
This unique item is thought to have been a magician's wand. It was found inside the coffin of Mentuhotep by the archaeologist Howard Carter in 1911.
In ancient Egyptian mythology and religious iconography the serpent was a particularly potent image, so this staff must have had great ritual significance. Other items found in the tomb with it suggest that the owner was indeed a magician.
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