Amulet, ankh flanked by 2 was-sceptres on neb sign - ROM2017_16067_12


Amulet, ankh flanked by 2 was-sceptres on neb sign

Medium:Glazed composition (faience), mould-made
Geography: Excavated at Serabit el-Khadim, Sinai, Egypt
Date: c. 1295-1186 BC
Period: 19th Dynasty, Ramesside Period, New Kingdom or later
1.91 × 1.5 × 0.15 cm
Object number: 906.16.26
Not on view
DescriptionThis tiny amulet bestowed a powerful blessing upon its owner: the hieroglyphs read "All life and power."  Though broken now, the piece was originally symmetrical, with a 'was' sceptre of power on each side of a central ankh and all three standing in or on a basket whose reading of 'nb' meant ‘all.’  This arrangement of hieroglyphs was often written in a continuous band around the bottom of a coffin, or of a piece of furniture.  It is less common as an amulet.
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