Egyptian Feldspar Papyrus Sceptre Amulet


A beautiful Egyptian amulet of the papyrus sceptre, also called Wadj, carved in green feldspar. The plaque is rectangular in shape, and carved on one side with a naturalistic Wadj. The amulet features a suspension loop to the top and has a flat back.

Date: Circa 4th -1st century BC
Period: Late Period
Condition: Very fine, complete and intact. Some hairline cracks to stone.


SKU: AS-3768 Category:

The Egyptians wore amulets alongside other pieces of jewellery. They were decorative, but also served a practical purpose, being considered to bestow power and protection upon the wearer. Many of the amulets have been found inside the wrappings of mummies, as they were used to prepare the deceased for the afterlife.

The Wadj Sceptre is a rolled papyrus scroll, and in amulet form was thought to give the wearer eternal youth. The papyrus was used in the hieroglyphic script for the word ‘wadj‘, meaning “fresh”, making it an appropriate talisman for the preservation of the body. The papyrus sceptre thus symbolised new life and regeneration, and so held particular significance for the deceased in the afterlife. Books 159 and 160 of the Book of the Dead refer to a Wadj amulet made of feldspar being placed at the throat of the mummy. However, amulets were made just as often in the more affordable medium of faience, which was green in colour to mimic feldspar. Feldspar was another precious stone used by the Egyptians, and its green colouring was symbolic of new life.

Weight 10 g
Dimensions H 3 cm



Reference: Carol Andrews, 'Amulets of Ancient Egypt', item 83a