Posts filed under: Daily Demon

  • Close-up of Turtle-headed demon on coffin
Turtle headed demon – still missing! Turtle headed creatures are quite rare in iconography of ancient Egypt and examples are scattered through different contexts. We can meet them mostly in funerary sphere where they serve as guardians. In the case of late Third Intermediate Period coffins, turtle headed creatures can...
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Here is a lovely little canine with BIG knives wielded by his hands and on his feet, as well as snakes coming out of his mouth. He is fiercely ready to protect your sleep! He can be found on the base (section E on the sketch) of the New Kingdom...
Perhaps this little walking armed sundisk can help those suffering from the heat waves making their way across various continents. Since it is part of the decoration of an apotropaic hippopotamus tusk wand, it was more likely designed to protect mothers and newborns during the process of childbirth, and to protect...
Just when I thought that all the demons and liminal beings with knives on their feet were depicted on furniture, jewelry, or cosmetic containers… During the Egyptian and Jewish Magic in Antiquity conference, an image was shown of a big Taweret holding a knife with each of her four limbs. She stands tall and proud,...
  • Men-Shen door-guard
In the interest of encouraging cross-cultural and interdisciplinary research, today we feature a door guardian from Ancient Egypt and another from China. Similarities and contrasts abound.   They can both wield weapons—for example a pair of swords, or a sword and axe for Men-Shen, and a butcher’s knife for the Ancient...
The Akhu ‘Spirits’ are mentioned in several Coffin Text spells.   CT spell 47 describes these demons as part of an apotropaic list (an itemized list of dangerous entities and concepts). If any god, and spirit (Akh) and any dead person (mwt) opposes the deceased, they will be confined to...
The coffin of Djehuty-nakht (coffin code B2Bo) is dated to approximately 2010–1961 B.C. (during the Middle Kingdom). It was excavated from Tomb 10A in Deir el-Bersha, Middle Egypt (the fifteenth Ancient Egyptian nome). Coffins from this region and time period are most famous for their depictions of a map of...
Just came across this rather nifty Bes in the Brooklyn Museum. Take a close look at those claws!  ...
This dancing demon from headrest Louvre AE 4093 + AE4231 is just one of the many that will be discussed at the international Conference: Company of Images: Modelling the ancient Egyptian imaginary world of the Middle Kingdom 18-20 September 2014: Institute of Archaeology, University College, London You can find much more at...
  • Bunny rabbit hare demon
This Friday the 13th seemed like a good day to explore the concept of the dastardly BUNNY!  These seemingly innocent creatures have a long history of having a dark underside, masked by that cute little twitchy pink nose and fluffy tail. In Ancient Egypt, they appear with weapons, ready to...