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Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Crook and Flail - Pharaoh symbols in Egypt

Although not many know what they represent, the crook and flail are today well known as symbols of Ancient Egypt Pharaohs. The amazing discovery to the tomb of Tutankhamen showed the world a spectacular golden sarcophagus portraying the young king holding the crook and flail in his hands.
The two items are set to symbolize the two functions of the king: he is a shepherd for its people  but he also uses the flail in order to maintain authority. Having the crook and flail together we see that the Pharaoh must care for the people and punish the wrongdoers.

Tutankhamen sarcophagus with the crook and flail
Tutankhamen sarcophagus with the crook and flail 

Since Pharaohs were thought to be divine in nature it is natural that most gods of ancient Egypt are often shown with a crook and flail.

Egyptian gods, Osiris with the crook and flail
Egyptian gods, Osiris with the crook and flail

Philae temple, Egypt
Philae temple, Egypt

Luxor temple entrance, Egypt
Luxor temple entrance, Egypt