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        The royal sceptre, from the Tomb of Tutankhamun

        Egyptian 18th Dynasty (c.1567-1320 BC). Medium: sheet gold with wooden core inlaid with semi-prescious stones. Date: 14th Century BC. Shaft in form of papyrus flower and stem; inlaid with cornalian, turquoise, lapis lazuli, felspar, faience and glass; sceptres known as kherep 'the controller', sekhem 'the powerful' and aba 'the commander'; Provenance: Egyptian National Museum, Cairo, Egypt / Photo ? Boltin Picture Library. Photographic Rights held by The Bridgeman Art Library.

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