Object 7: The Sema-Tawi Vase

Fans of The Merman's Mark can already guess why this alabaster vase makes my list. The sema-tawi, or unity hieroglyph was the inspiration for the visual representation of the Merman's Mark. Our version is a bit simpler and, I daresay, more magical; nevertheless the Egyptian original is not without its charm. It symbolises the coming together of the Upper & Lower Kingdoms of Egypt into the New Kingdom beginning in the 18th Dynasty with Tutankhamun's direct ancestors.

The hieroglyph can be seen in the design of this vase, as well as in the previous photograph of the footstool, in which a united Egypt takes its enemies captive.