Was-scepter

Egyptian
Middle Kingdom, late Dynasty 11 – early Dynasty
2010–1961 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 10, shaft A (Djehutynakht)

Dimensions

Length x diameter (max): 48 x 3 cm (18 7/8 x 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.440

Medium or Technique

Wood

On View

Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery (Gallery 119)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Personal accessories

Wooden was-scepter from a collection of 250 sticks and staves in the tomb of Djehutynakht (Deir el-Bersha Tomb 10A). The head of the staff represents a mythical creature, perhaps Seth, while the end is forked.

Provenance

From Deir el-Bersha, tomb 10, shaft A (tomb of Djehutynakht). May 1915: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: March 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition