Torso of Tjaihorpata, Overseer of Wab("Pure")-Priests of the Goddess Sakhmet
Late Period, Dynasty XXX (380-342 B.C.E.)
Brooklyn #86.226.24, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation
Photo © Joan Lansberry, May 2008-2016
(From the info card):|
"Wab-priests of Sakhmet were one of several types of priest-physicians and veterinarians whose treatments were partly magical in nature. The treatment for snakebite, for example, could include incision, emetics, topical applications, and the recitation of spells. Like regular physicians (swnw), wab-priests of Sakhmet were trained in temple scriptoria (places where texts were composed) called Houses of Life. As priests, they were part of the very small percentage of the population that was literate, and much of Egyptian magic was a matter of written and spoken spells. All but the highest Egyptian priests worked only part of the year as priests and so had time to practice privately as magicians."