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tusks

Half of smoothed longitudinal central section of a hippopotamus tusk to be wielded in protection of mother and child at birth and in infancy ('birth tusk'), incised with figures on both sides and, on one side, inscribed in hieroglyphs in columns between the figures on one side "words spoken by (figure) we have brought for the protection for the lady of the house Peret, born of Kemeh, protection for the lady of the house Peret". Figures on side with tip at left, from left to right: rearing cobra with five loops, human head at high point of three loops; frontal standing human figure with lion head, holding snake in each hand; standing lion biting at human figure, head severed to upper right; frontal bandy-legged lion-head figure holding snake in each hand. Figures on side with tip at right, from right to left: rearing cobra with three loops; frontal standing figure, body of woman, head of lion (?), holding snake in each hand; standing lion biting at human figure, head severed to upper right; frontal bandy-legged lion-head figure holding snake in each hand. Two holes at break end from ancient repair. Surface cracked; 2 repair holes at end. According to Petrie, Objects of Daily Use, this item was "bought at Thebes in 1882 for Amelia Edwards.