Fragment of "Magic Knife"
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.
- Medium: Frit
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1759-after 1630 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XIII Dynasty
- Period: Middle Kingdom
- Dimensions: 1 3/8 x 3 9/16 in. (3.5 x 9 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 16.580.145
- Credit Line: Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Fragment of "Magic Knife," ca. 1759-after 1630 B.C.E. Frit, 1 3/8 x 3 9/16 in. (3.5 x 9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour , 16.580.145. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: 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.
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)