Monumental sceptre, Egypt

Monumental sceptre, Egypt

Monumental sceptre
Egypt
1427-1400 BC
Composition with alkaline glaze (faience). Inscription naming pharaoh Amenhotep II (ruled 1427-1400 BC)
Museum no. 437-1895
Given by H.M. Kennard, Esq. through Prof. Flinders Petrie, University College, London

The huge sceptre is the largest known example of ancient Egyptian faience. Composed of powdered quartz rather than clay, faience was moulded or modelled by hand. It was the first material to have a glaze, here coloured turquoise by the addition of copper.

The sceptre, a symbol of divine power, was found in fragments in a temple. Its animal head probably represents the god Seth.