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Fragment of a "Magic Wand" or Clapper

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
Hathor, one of the most important Egyptian goddesses, was associated with fertility and childbearing. Carved versions of her head, with its distinctive cow ears, were often used as protective amulets. This example formed part of a magical device used either as a wand, to ward off evil spirits, or as one of a pair of musical clappers.
MEDIUM Ivory
  • Place Excavated: Sawama, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1539-1292 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 1 5/16 x 5 5/16 in. (3.3 x 13.5 cm)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 14.614
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Small fragmentary portion of ivory wand ending in a human hand below which is Head of Hathor. Condition: Preserved portion extremely fragmentary. Traces of red pigment in face of Hathor; good workmanship.
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