Egyptian Magic and Medicine in the Glencairn Museum Collection

The Glencairn Museum in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, is a museum of religious art and history. Its collections include “ancient Egyptian, ancient Greek and Roman, medieval Christian, Islamic, Asian, and American Indian”. You can watch a documentary about the museum on Youtube: “Embracing the Sacred: The Story of Glencairn Museum.”

The Museum’s latest newsletter, written by Dr Jennifer Houser Wegner of the Penn Museum, is titled HORUS ON THE CROCODILES: EGYPTIAN MAGIC AND MEDICINE IN THE GLENCAIRN MUSEUM COLLECTION

In this issue of Glencairn Museum News, Dr. Jennifer Houser Wegner, associate curator in the Egyptian Section at the Penn Museum, examines the ways in which magic and medicine intertwined in ancient Egypt to promote health and healing from both illness and dangerous creatures such as poisonous snakes and scorpions. In addition to magical spells and medical prescriptions, the ancient Egyptians made use of amulets, stelae (engraved stones), and statuary for protection and restoration. Dr. Wegner will explore the meaning and purpose of one such object in the Glencairn Museum collection: a magical healing stela known as Horus on the Crocodiles, or the Cippus of Horus.

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