From the Rijksmuseum voor Oudheden in Leiden in The Netherlands:
The Rijksmuseum voor Oudheden has a new object: the magical knife.
In the soft lower layer, various animal figures were carved: snakes, a frog, a winged griffon, a standing lioness and a panther with snake-like neck.
All animals hold big knifes, or are biting snakes.
With those ‘magic knives’ the ancient Egyptians hoped to protect babies and small children.
Not just against snakes and scorpions, but also against evil forces which according to them caused children’s diseases and fevers.
The magician (but maybe also the midwife or the young mother herself) with the knife drew a circle on the floor around the child.
No animal or evil spirit would be able to cross that line to harm the child.
This unusual knife can be seen in the Archeotheek of the museum.
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