Today I want to tell you about the Crook and the flail.
The Crook and the Flail are symbolic – they signified pharaonic dominion over the land of Egypt. Both
of farming origin, the crook symbolized that the pharaoh is the shepherd
or the carer of the people and flail is the scourge of necessary
punishment to maintain order in society. Together, usually held in both
hands crossed on the chest, they are the most prominent insignia of the
royal regalia of ancient Egypt that symbolizes divine authority.
The crook and the flail were associated with several deities. It started as symbol of Geb as the original ruler of Egypt. It was inherited by Osiris
when he took over the position as king. During this time, he acquired
the epithet, “The Good Shepherd”, presumably because these instruments
were used by farmers. Other deities associated with these symbols
included Andjety known as the foremost of the eastern nome and eventual
aspect of Osiris, Horus as Osiris’ heir, and Khonsu, a known aspect of Horus. However, some gods may be seen bearing only the flail including Min and Anubis (especially in his jackal form) who were both associated with Osiris.
During the Third
Intermediate Period, Ushabtis or commoners use them in order to enhance
their chances of afterlife because of the crook and flail’s connection
with Osiris who rose from the dead.
So long my friends,