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History of Cane 5

The Egyptian Cane

In Egypt, the shape of canes varies through the dynasties.

The first known cane ‘the Ames”, appearing on rock paintings around 1900 BC (Before Christ) is a simple and straight walking stick, accompanying man, not only during life, but also in death.

This can be observed till the 33rd dynasty of the Ptolemées ( 305 BC). Canes are found in graves and sarcophagus of individuals of very different social status.

They go from cut branches, simple tools to lean on, or used a weapon against wild animals ( “a good truncheon imposes respect”), to symbols of leadership and authorities ( such as the sceptres of Pharaons the “Aouit and Hekat “, the “ royal Makes”, the “Ouas “of Gods), all the way to canes carried by dignitaries, civil servants and priests, not to mention the “sem” carried by servants.

Beyond the worldly aspect of a cane, the Egyptian concept of Death, viewed as a journey towards another life, had to integrate the cane into this trip, as a help in this progression .