Hooked Staff

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


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

Dimensions

Length: 41.4 cm (16 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.16698

Medium or Technique

Wood

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Personal accessories

Staff with hook at one end, the sides which are squared off instead of rounded. Possibly modeled after the heka-scepter, used by Osiris and the king. The staff is undecorated, and is smoothed.

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