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Middle Eastern ➔ Wadj Amulet

Identifier:
1999.1.132
Description:
Wadj amulet, a stylized representation of plant bundles, gods and animals associated with the color green and abundance.

Amulets were used by ancient Egyptians to ward off evil and gain the protection of various gods. Each deity had its own area of protection, such as Taweret for fertility and childbirth, or Horus for the majesty of kingship. Abstract symbols like the wadj scepter represented the papyrus plant stem and  conveyed “eternal youth”, and the djed pillar symbolized “stability.”

Spells in the Book of the Dead and other Egyptian funerary texts told morticians where to place each amulet, what stone it should be made of, which spells to say over it, and what effect each amulet would have.
Date:
525 CE – 333 BCE
Materials:
Faience
Dimensions:
1.45" h
Current Location Status:
On Exhibit
Source:
Gift Of Mr. And Mrs. Ganson Taggart
Exhibits/Programs
Mysteries of Egypt (November 21 1999 – March 26 2000)
Mysteries of Egypt was a traveling exhibit organized by the Canadian Museum of Civilization in the 1990s.  It featured authentic and reproduction artifacts from ancient Egypt.

Egypt (2015 – 2016)
GRPM produced Egypt exhibit
Maker/Donor
Mr. and Mrs. Ganson Taggart