The was specter was a symbol of the district of Thebes. It was responsible in the funerary context for the well-being of the deceased and often images of the symbol were found in the tomb equipment and on the decoration of the tomb and the coffin. The ancient Egyptian used the was specter as an amulet, they also perceived the sky being supported on four pillars in the shape of a was specter. It was often combined with the Ankh and the Djed pillar in the hand of the god Ptah which was known as the sculptor of the earth. The staff was also found in the hands of other gods like Hathor, Isis, Ra-Horakhty and many others.
The scepter is in the shape of staff with the head of a desert animal and an open fork at its base which could symbolize the legs of this creature. It was constructed of wood or faience and sometimes precious metals like gold and silver were used. It was commonly seen carried by Pharaohs, gods, and Priests during its first used in the first dynasty in the 30th century BC (3150 – 2613 BC) in the time of King Narmer. Some believe that the origin of the staff can be derived from a walking stick, the root of a tree, a tent pole or a fighting cane.
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