This somewhat macabre walking stick was recovered from Tutankhamun’s tomb.
A carving of Nubian captive features on the handle. The placement of such a captive on a stave like this one is very typical of ancient Egyptian imagery.
It shows Tutankhamun as a conqueror and a man who is to be feared. He would have placed his hand over this Nubian captive whenever he used it. Such a thing could be seen as a relentless show of dominance over his enemies.
All told, over 130 canes/staves were found in King Tut’s tomb. Some scholars link this to the pharaoh being in poor health and needing a cane to get around. Others say this was simply a part of Egyptian regality. A sort of fashion statement.
Tut is shown in many reliefs holding a stave. He was not the only pharaoh to do so. Fragmentary evidence from the tombs of Amenhotep II and Thutmose IV indicate that they also carried canes.
Whatever the reason, this cane is an exquisite artefact that was made 3,344 years ago.
It is in perfect condition.