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Today’s demon is the aptly named cat-headed guardian, Miw. This demon comes from Book of the Dead spell 145 and is the guardian of the twelfth gate. This image is from KV 14, a tomb that was originally for Tausert (Dynasty 19) but was reused by Setnakht (Dynasty 20)....
Day 21 features the samanu demon (written as s-m-n), also known as axw. We don’t really know what he looks like, but one spell (P. Leiden I 343 + I 345) specifies that this demon was responsible for nasty pounding pains in a person’s head and belly. While the spell is...
Day 20 features a complex scene that includes a god as well as demonic entities. The falcon-headed god  speaks “I am the Great God who gives orders in the mysterious duat … who receives the hearts of those who come.” He holds in his hand a lasso, with the noose...
Day 19 of the demon advent calendar is a demon named Brilliant of Face.   This demon is depicted with the head of a crocodile and the body of a human. This image is found in the tomb of Seti I (KV 17) and is from the funerary text corpus...
For day 18, we have a wooden figure of a ram-headed guardian demon. This figure was made of wood but overlaid with plaster. The guardian has its arms outstretched as though it originally held something in its hands, perhaps the knives that other guardian demons are depicted holding. This figure...
Today’s demon is a turtle-headed guardian!   It is always interesting to see how the ancient Egyptians depicted composite beings such as this one. This demon actually has the head and shell or body of a turtle as its head! Perhaps this is to make the image more recognisable as...
Day 16 features a dancing demon. As described on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s online catalogue, the simple iconography of this amulet encapsulates the much more complicated myth of the Daughter of Re (Tefnut/Hathor/Sekhmet). [blockquote align=”left” variation=”red” cite=”The Metropolitan Museum of Art” citeLink=”http://www.metmuseum.org/collections/search-the-collections/544404″]The myth recounts the withdrawal of Re’s daughter...