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 the infant afterwards. Notice that it has a knife on each foot (the better to hurt you with!). The double circle could be a moon, but because it has an uraeus (the poorly carved cobra coming off of it) I suspect it is indeed the sundisk instead.
It was found in Dra’ Abu el-Naga’ and based on the inscription on the reverse, likely dates to about the 17th Dynasty (c. 1650 BCE).
- Legge, F. “Magic Ivories of the Middle Empire III.” Proceedings of the Society of Biblical Archaeology 28 (1906): pl. 50. [source of image]
- Altenmüller, Hartwig. Die Apotropaia und die Götter Mittelägyptens: Eine Typologische und Religionsgeschichtliche Untersuchung der sogenannten “Zaubermesser” des Mittleren Reichs. München: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, 1965, p. 75, cat. 86.