Ancient Egyptians - The Papyrus Scepter
The Papyrus Scepter
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Ancient Egypt - The Papyrus Scepter Amulet Fact Sheet
Fact 1 on the Papyrus Scepter: The Papyrus Scepter was worn as a protective talisman by the deceased.
Fact 2 on the Papyrus Scepter: Meaning of the Papyrus Scepter: To the ancient Egyptians the Papyrus plant represented new, fresh vegetation that symbolized new life and resurrection. It was therefore used as a funerary amulet.
Fact 3 on the Papyrus Scepter: The papyrus was extremely important to the ancient Egyptians. Papyrus was a water reed once abundant in Egypt and used making sheets for writing, rope, furniture and boats. The papyrus plant was a symbol of Lower Egypt (north).
Fact 4 on the Papyrus Scepter: Hapi, the ancient Egyptian Nile god was believed to bring the silt to the banks of the Nile. One of the titles of Hapi was "Lord of the River Bringing Vegetation". The crown of Hapi consisted of the papyrus and lotus. The lotus entwined with the long stems of papyrus reeds represented the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt.
Fact 5 on the Papyrus Scepter: This talisman was placed around the neck on the day of the funeral. It was believed to imbue the deceased with vitality, vigor and energy to survive the terrifying ordeals of the Underworld (Duat) before the reached the Hall of Judgement and passed on to the 'House of Reeds' the ancient Egyptian paradise.
Fact 6 on the Papyrus Scepter: The 'House of Reeds', paradise, was also referred to as the 'Field of Rushes', an important reference to the papyrus plant.
Fact 7 on the Papyrus Scepter: The Papyrus scepter was first mentioned in Chapter 106 in the Coffin Texts of the Middle Kingdom and then in chapters 159 and 160 of the Book of the Dead of the New Kingdom(1550 to 1070 B.C.) when it became a prescribed amulet.
Fact 8 on the Papyrus Scepter: The Book of the Dead prescribed a papyrus amulet of feldspar to be placed around the neck of the deceased. 'Spell' 159 contained the formula for a papyrus-sceptre of neshmet-stone placed at the neck of the transfigured spirit. 'Spell' 160 contained the formula for the papyrus-sceptre which Thoth gave at his adoration
Fact 9 on the Papyrus Scepter: The earliest Papyrus scepter was found in the tomb of the Vizier of the pharaoh Akhenaten.
Fact 10 on the Papyrus Scepter: This Talisman often had the head a cat representing the goddess Bastet or the head of a falcon representing the god Horus (see above).
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