Magic knife (peseshkef) inscribed for King Khufu

Fine-grained flint wand inscribed with the name of Khufu. Ritual wands were used in the Opening of the Mouth Ceremony; this particular object would have been used on the statues of Menkaure in his valley temple at Giza.

Magic knife (peseshkef) inscribed for King Khufu
Magic knife (peseshkef) inscribed for King Khufu

Old Kingdom, 4th Dynasty, reign of Khufu, ca. 2551–2528 BC. Now in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 11.765