Category: mythology

Pharaoh Ramesses II before Min-Amun and Mut, r…

Pharaoh Ramesses II before Min-Amun and Mut, relief on a column of the Precinct of Amun-Re, 13th century BC, Karnak

Seshat, depicted in a leopard skin, goddess …

Seshat,

depicted in a leopard skin, goddess of wisdom, knowledge, and is credited with inventing writing. She also became identified as the goddess of accounting, architecture, astronomy, astrology, building, mathematics, and surveying.

Detail from the walls of the Double Temple of Sobek and Haroeris, Kom Ombo, dated back to Ptolemaic Period, ca. 305-30 BC.

“While his private life is barely mentioned – …

“While his private life is barely mentioned – it seems that he was either self-created, that he was a motherless son of Ra, or that he was, perhaps, the ‘son of two fathers’, born to Seth and Horus. He was married either to the obscure goddess Nehmettawy or to Seshat, the patroness of mathematics, architecture and astronomy, who might also be either his sister or his daughter.

Thoth continually appears as a peripheral character in other people’s tales where, invariably, he acts as a calming influence and displays great wisdom. However, even the most mild mannered of accountants may be capable of violence. The original Thoth, the Thoth who appears in the Pyramid Texts, is an altogether more aggressive knife wielding being, prone to decapitate the enemies of the deceased.”

The Penguin Book of Myths and Legends of Ancient Egypt, by Joyce Tyldesley

Statuette of Thoth as a baboon holding Wedjat …

Statuette of Thoth as a baboon holding Wedjat eye

(Egyptian faience and glaze)

The patron of scribes and deity of wisdom, Thoth was associated with the sun and the moon, traditionally the two “eyes” of the celestial-god Horus. The baboon, identified with Thoth, here holds a sacred Wadjet eye, the so-called Eye of Horus, which symbolizes legitimate kingship, the structured universe, and life. This carefully formed baboon holds the eye in front of his chest with his left hand below and the right above. 

Late Period, ca. 664-332 BC. Now in the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore.

grandegyptianmuseum: Ancient Greece and …

grandegyptianmuseum:

Ancient

Greece

and Ancient Egypt, detail heads of

Athena and Isis (Ceiling above the grand staircase, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna)

Gustav Klimt (Austrian, 1862-1918)

Pharaoh Ramesses III making an offering to Min…

Pharaoh Ramesses III making an offering to Min of Coptos, god of fertility, shown with an erect penis which he holds in his left hand and an upheld right arm holding a flail.

Detail of a wall relief from the Mortuary Temple of Ramesses III, Medinet Habu.

Marble statue of the Goddess Isis. With sistru…

Marble statue of the Goddess Isis. With sistrum and the ankh (key of life). It leans on a pilaster that has the inscription of the L. Cecilio Febo. Roman work in archaic style. From the Temple of Isis, Pompeii, ca. 41-54 BC. Now in the National Archaeological Museum, Naples. Photo via oldportalen

Solar barque transporting the deities through …

Solar barque transporting the deities through the underworld, Amduat, detail from antechamber of the Tomb of Thutmose III (KV34) at the Valley of the Kings, West Thebes.

Image of the solar god Amun-Re in the form of …

Image of the solar god Amun-Re in the form of a ram, detail of a wall relief from Karnak Temple, Luxor

Relief depicting goddess Isis, close up deta…

Relief depicting goddess Isis, close up detail in corridor at the Tomb of Seti I. New Kingdom, 19th Dynasty, ca. 1292-1187 BC. Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. Photo Sandro Vannini