June 24, 2011

Friday findings: Photos from Gebel el-Silsila

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Su Bayfield of Reflections of the Nile is posting her Egypt travel journal from earlier this year. Her accounts of visits to sites both popular and obscure are always worth viewing, as are her photos. In association with her June 17 post on the royal shrines of Gebel el-Silsila, she has a Flickriver photoset — check out the very rare human-form Taweret nursing the king! (Scroll down past the regular Taweret.)

June 5, 2011

Two bowls update

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Offering to the Lioness GoddessesThe teardrop-shaped bowl got its first use last night, to make an offering at the request of the Lioness Goddesses (three small lion-headed goddess statues that I acquired from a fellow House member, who used them to represent Mut; I’m not quite sure yet who they represent for me, although they might be either Mut in all Her Names or all of the lion-headed goddesses). They didn’t seem to want the candle inside the bowl, though — darn, after all my fun playing with symbolism. BUt the offering did seem to please them.

Dua You great Ones, Lioness Goddesses, Eyes of Ra! May You be friends to me, may You watch over me and keep me from all harm.

June 3, 2011

Friday findings: Two bowls

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Ah, the Home Goods chain — stores crammed with bargain tchotchkes of dubious taste, mostly imported from China. That said, I do love shopping there, and often I can find something worthwhile to pick up. Not too long ago I had the good fortune to discover a bowl adorned with lion heads that now belongs to the Seven Arrows of Bast (so if you’re in the habit of frequenting your own local Home Goods, you might want to keep an eye out for one for yourself).

Lion bowl

I also found an odd and rather fascinating bowl that I couldn’t resist. It’s teardrop shaped, which means that it’s also similar in shape to the upper part of the hieroglyph for udja (prosperity or wholeness; scroll down to near the bottom of this page).

And aligned horizontally, with the addition of a round candle, it becomes the Eye, the holy udjat, sans its falcon’s markings. Entirely suitable for an offering bowl, a million times true.

Udjat bowl

Note: This happens to be my 100th post to this blog. Nekhtet!

December 31, 2010

Friday findings: Statue of Hethert-Sekhmet

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Not entirely appropriate for the festival of Djehuty Sends Bast and Sekhmet to Guard the Two Lands, but not entirely inappropriate either: from the Lessing Photo Archive, a statue of the Hethert cow flanked by images of Hethert and Sekhmet, with what’s presumably a figure of a deceased person in front of them (click to view).

The Cairo Calendar also notes of today: “If you see anything today, it will be good.”

May you see many good things today!

Dua Hethert-Sekhmet! Nekhtet!

December 3, 2010

Friday findings: Visions of Mut

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Today is the first day of the season of Peret, or Growing. According to the House of Netjer’s yearly oracle, this year is dedicated to three Gods, one for each season, and the deity who is over Peret is Mut, the great Lady of Karnak, wife of Amun and mother of Khonsu. So for today’s Finding, here are a few interesting images of this great Mother and protector:

– This is a quite lovely statue of Her from the Luxor Museum in Egypt.

– Scroll down the page a little to see an armlet featuring a Nubian four-winged Mut. I like the way this makes Her look like a butterfly.

– From the British Museum, a votive offering of a barque that once held a figure of Mut, offered at Karnak by Queen Mutemwia, whose name means “Mut is in the barque.” (I think somebody had way too much fun with this one.)

– This Middle Kingdom stela features the cat of Mut and the goose of Amun. (The goose looks rather pleased with himself, while the cat looks a bit cranky.)

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– And completely unrelated to the above, as a special bonus for the Wesir Mysteries, which have just ended — the sperm of Wesir!

– Also somewhat appropriate for the Mysteries: Set in the slaughter-house of Sekhmet. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Set in the bound-prisoner pose before; very interesting!

Dua Netjer! Dua Mut! Nekhtet!

November 12, 2010

Friday findings: Djehuty’s jackal slippers

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Djehuty amulet
Finally getting around to posting this very cool, quirky, and unusual piece: an amulet of Djehuty wearing only a pair of jackal slippers. Click the photo to go to the Christie’s auction page for this item. There’s another nearly identical amulet (or perhaps the same one?) here, and if you scroll down to read the lot notes, you’ll see that the slippers might be meant to represent Wepwawet. What exactly it means that Djehuty is wearing Wepwawet on his feet, I leave as an exercise for your mythic imaginations.

October 15, 2010

Friday findings: Bes, dancing

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Bes dancing, British Museum Happy Friday! To revive my Friday Findings postings, here’s a really unique figure of Bes dancing. (Click on the image to go to the item’s page at the British Museum.) Possibly a decorative element for a harp, He kicks up his feet and flings his arms wide, shaking music from His tambourine to celebrate life and love, reminding the Golden One even as She turns for the south that we adore Her and await Her return.

Today is the Feast of the Pacification of the Gods, Wherever They Are. Celebrate for the Gods; make music and offer flame and cool water; and may They send you a joyous weekend!

June 11, 2010

Friday findings: Fallen columns, Bubastis

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When I saw this photo, all I could think was, I want to stand on those stones, I want to touch the water and the grass, I want to feel the wind on my face and know that I’m in the Delta, where my Mother’s worship was born, where the people once sailed in joyous procession for Her, the lady of the land, the waters, and the sun.

From the Das Digitale Schott-Archiv, an archive of photos by the German egyptologist Siegfried Schott (1897-1971).

Dua Bast! Nekhtet!

June 4, 2010

Friday findings: Rock God

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Speaking of various forms of Heru, I love this T-shirt. (It’s not actually a new find; I wore mine to Pantheacon earlier this year. But I thought it was worth sharing.)

May 28, 2010

Friday findings: menat counterpoise with two Gods

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Menat with two Gods In the vein of this morning’s post, here’s an interesting piece: a menat counterpoise crowned with the heads of two Gods, one a lion and the other a man wearing plumes. (A menat, for those who might not know, is a necklace of multiple strands of beads, which can either be worn normally or carried in the hands and shaken as a musical instrument. The counterpoise is attached to the back of the necklace, to help it lie properly on the wearer’s neck and shoulders, or to serve as a handle when it’s being played.) The two heads are unusual, in my experience; more typically you’ll see a single head in profile, usually either a lion Goddess or Hethert. Here, the two heads are probably Tefnut and Shu, or Mehyt and Anhur. The body of the counterpoise shows full figures of the two Gods facing each other and holding a single papyrus stalk between them — a beautifully symbolic image, as the papyrus represents the unfurling greenness of the world, here depicted either as the gift of the two deities or as the product of their union, or perhaps as both.

There are some other nice pieces on the site where I found this one, which is a review of a Sotheby auction of Egyptian antiquities (click on the picture to visit it). About halfway down the page there are several lion Goddesses, including a lion-headed Wadjet (more commonly depicted as a cobra), and a little unidentified Goddess seated in a pose typically used for the Goddess Ma’at. It’s only a guess on my part, but the latter might represent Tefnut, who sometimes is associated with Ma’at. There are some very fine Heru and Wesir statues as well.

Dua Tefnut! Dua Shu! Nekhtet!