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Apotropaion

Date 1773–1650 B.C.
Object type religious or cult object
Medium, technique hippopotamus tusk
Dimensions

32 x 4 cm

Inventory number 2005.1-E
Collection Egyptian Art
On view This artwork can be displayed at the permanent exhibition

The shape of objects used to ward of evil and often called “magic knives” or “magic wands” typically follows the natural curve of hippopotamus tusks. According to research data on currently available archaeological finds, these magic objects made of bone were used in the Middle Kingdom and shortly afterwards (Dynasties XII-XVII, 20th-16th centuries).

Éva Liptay

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