Although many varieties of objects were made in all periods of Egyptian history, some were manufactured for a limited time. Artisans created "magic knives"—flat, sickle-shaped objects decorated with protective images of gods, animals, and amuletic signs—only in the Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period. The Egyptians placed "magic knives" on the stomachs of pregnant women during childbirth and on newborns to protect them from demons and disease.
Fragment of magic wand in deep blue frit. End with lion’s head in relief on both sides; shaft incised on one side with human legs supporting a vase and Bes holding serpents; on other, lion’s legs supporting jackal-head and tail and portion of body of Sebek-crocodile on stand. Condition: Fragment. Some chips in preserved portion. Glaze has lost luster but preserved lapis-lazuli color.