This amulet, pointed at its end, was modeled in the shape of a stylized papyrus stem. The suspension hole is located in the small semicircular tenon that surmounts the object. Incisions on the upper part and on the background of the object imitate the papyrus leaves and petals in a stylized way.
In ancient Egypt, the papyrus was a symbol related to vegetation and therefore linked to fertility, rebirth and life after death. It was also represented in the form of the wadj scepter (a hieroglyphic sign) that indicated the power and the strength of eternal youth.
In the New Kingdom and later in the 1st millennium B.C., such amulets were very popular, which attests their importance in the religious beliefs of the time. They exist in various materials, such as faience, gilded wood, hematite, steatite, cornelian, etc.
Faience consists of a most often whitish paste containing silica and lime (obtained from sand, for instance), and superficially covered with a thin transparent and siliceous layer of glaze. The bright colors and their specific luster, which still attract the eye of the modern viewer, were achieved by using metallic oxides: the distinctive turquoise blue color of Egyptian faience which characterizes this amulet was obtained by adding copper oxides to the paste.