POWER OF SYMBOL AND SYMBOL OF POWER

       Ritual weapons in Ancient Egypt

In the "public" depictions of the pharaoh, on the temple pillars, but also on the royal artifacts, the power of the sovereign was expressed ritually with an enemy submission scene.

The mace is one of the first weapons that the sovereign wielded to affirm unequivocally its position of superiority and its ability to destroy foreign nations. In this monograph we will see how the mace of archaic times is gradually joined by others weapons of a different nature and manufacture. Moreover we will follow their appearance in other ritual contexts.

Besides being part of the rich Egyptian military equipment these products continued to maintain an important symbolic and apotropaic value in the sacred depictions.