Wepwawet

     Ink pen and colored pencil on acid free paper, 17.8 x 25.3 cm (7 x 10 in.),
     spiral rings removed after the scan, and slight refinements:


I got inspired by a statue at the Walters museum. Okay, the statue is of Anubis (Anpu), but someone knowledgeable thought the two cobras suggested Wepwawet. But a zoom in on the glyphs, and it's Anpu. Quite often, the images of two different deities may be identical, and only the glyphs reveal, for instance, whether it's Hathor (Hethert) or Isis (Aset).

For the glyphs, I consulted various sources, including Per-Sabu's photos of various images of Wepwawet. There's some variance to the glyphs used, but I went with the ones in George Hart's "Egyptian Gods", and the example of vertical placement on the cartonnage of Nespanetjernpare at the Brooklyn Museum as captured at Per Sabu.

How to color Wepwawet? I wondered, should I go grey or brown? Then I thought to check a colorful source, KV 57, Horemheb's tomb, (here if not there). A zoom reveals the black headed jackal deity is Anubis (Anpu), but it's the glyphs that tell you that. Anyway, black face, reddish body and bluish hair, that's what I went with. The jackal headed "Soul of Nekhen" in KV 16 has similar coloring.


Should you want to color it, the line drawing is available in pdf


I created a left-facing version with slightly different coloration April 2, 2015