Head of the Falcon God Horus

Head of the Falcon God Horus

This exquisite head of the falcon god Horus, lord of the sun and patron deity of kingship, was found below the floor of the main chamber of his temple at Hierakonpolis, north of Edfu.

The head, which is made out of beaten gold, was fixed to a copper statue of the falcon Horus. It is topped by a twin-plumed headdress and decorated with a royal uraeus, or rearing cobra.

The eyes are inlaid with rounded, polished, obsidian pieces, very similar to that of the real bird. It was certainly a cult statue, which was set up on a base in its shrine, with a royal statuette placed under its protection.

Old Kingdom, 6th Dynasty, ca. 2345-2181 BC. From Kom al-Ahmar Necropolis. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 32158

The Goddess Ma’at, Tomb of Queen Nefertari

The Goddess Ma’at, Tomb of Queen Nefertari

Ma’at was a symbol in Egyptian mythology of truth, order, law, morality and justice. This painting of Ma’at is found in the Tomb of Queen Nefertari (QV66) above the entrance to the burial chamber. 

Queen Nefertari Meritmut lived around 1300-1255 BC and was the first wife of the pharaoh Ramesses II. The tomb was rediscovered in 1904 by the Italian archaeologist Ernesto Schiaparelli. It is located in the Valley of the Queens, near the ancient city of Thebes. It is one of the best preserved and most ornate of all known tombs.

Ancient Egyptian Gods, Tomb of Queen Nefertari…

Ancient Egyptian Gods, Tomb of Queen Nefertari 

The deities shown (from left to right) are Horus, and three of his four sons, Duamutef, Qebehsenuef and Hapi. In Egyptian mythology, the sons of Horus represent the four canopic jars that contain the embalmed organs of the deceased. 

Queen Nefertari Meritmut lived around 1300-1255 BC and was the first wife of the pharaoh Ramesses II. Her tomb was rediscovered in 1904 by the Italian archaeologist Ernesto Schiaparelli. It is located in the Valley of the Queens, near the ancient city of Thebes, and is considered the best preserved and most ornate of all known tombs.

The Litany of Re: Depiction of Re-OsirisWhen R…

The Litany of Re: Depiction of Re-Osiris

When Re was in the underworld, he merged with Osiris, the god of the dead, and through it became the god of the dead as well. The union of the gods Re and Osiris (in the guise of a ram-headed mummy which wears the sun’s disk between its horizontal, corkscrew horns).

Detail of a wall painting from the Tomb of Queen Nefertari (QV66). New Kingdom, 19th Dynasty, reign of Ramesses II, ca. 1279-1213 BC. Valley of the Queens, West Thebes.

Statue of the God Hermanubis

Statue of the God Hermanubis

Marble statue of the jackal-headed god Anubis (Hermanubis), associated with mummification and the afterlife, holding the Caduceus of Hermes in his left hand.

In classical mythology, Hermanubis was a god who combined Hermes (Greek mythology) with Anubis (Egyptian mythology). He is the son of Seth and Nephthys. 2nd Century AD. Now in the Vatican Museums and Galleries.

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