Posts tagged with: guardian

  • 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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The ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead contains many texts that describe what happens to your spirit after you die. As one of the recently deceased you would have had to pass several tests before your soul was found worthy to become one of the Akh, the glorious dead. One of...
This is one of a series of blogs written as an assignment by the 2015-16 Year 3 and MA students taking a course on “Supernatural Beings and Demons of Ancient Egypt” offered by Kasia Szpakowska at Swansea University.   Have you seen this demon? Description: This demon has a distinguishable iconography...
  • 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...
Modelling the ancient Egyptian imaginary world of the Middle Kingdom International Conference: 18-20 September 2014: Institute of Archaeology, University College, London The purpose of this conference is to explore the fertile imaginary world of Middle Bronze Age Egypt (2000-1500BC) through its material culture and the archaeological sources from which such...
The demon in today’s advent calendar is a gazelle-headed wooden figurine.   This figure was also overlaid with plastered linen and is very similar to the ram-headed guardian that was featured on Day 18. They were also both found in the same place (tomb of Thutmose III, KV 34) and...
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)....
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...