Walking stick - ROM2017_15946_9


Walking stick

Geography: Thebes (modern Luxor), Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1069 BC
Period: 18th-20th Dynasty, New Kingdom
86.9 x 1.5 cm
Object number: 909.80.302
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

Walking sticks were frequently included among grave goods in ancient Egypt. The walking stick would have been used during the owners' life and tomb depictions frequently show the tomb owner inspecting his estates while carrying a staff, or leaning upon it.  As well, the walking stick may be connected with the notion that the deceased has undertaken a journey to the Afterlife, for which the walking stick would be an appropriate accessory.

This wooden walking stick is made from a single shaft of a tree branch, topped by a separate carved papyriform finial. The wood of the finial is cracked; on the top of the finial is an incised text naming the doorkeeper of the Temple of Amun, Amun-hotep. So the walking stick undoubtedly came from his tomb in Luxor. Much of the bark remains on the shaft. The stick has been split longitudinally and most of one side is missing. The shaft has been broken near the middle and repaired with a modern piece of textile stained by an adhesive of some sort.

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