Egyptian crook and flail

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These ancient Egyptian symbols — the crook and flail — became the symbols of a pharaoh’s authority. The shepherd’s crook (heka) meant “kingship”, while the flail (nekhakha) represented the fertility of the land.

They are well-known today since being seen on the coffin of the boy prince King Tutankhamun (otherwise known as King Tut).

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Egyptian crook and flail

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