Sunday, November 18, 2012
"Partial Participant"

I didn't make it to either of the two balloon festival events yesterday, but I got to enjoy them a little anyway. In the parking lot of Albertson's grocery store, I looked up and saw the whole sky full of balloons! And last night, I heard popping noises and remembered the 'balloon glow' was to feature fire works. I went outside and got a pretty good view of the fireworks!

This morning, I woke early, but Julia did not. I find myself surprisingly sore after a bad fall I had Friday. (I landed on all fours after failing to see a clothes rack and tripped over its bottom bar.) But why do my arms ache? Possibly because they took some of the brunt of the fall. Better that than my head! Anyway, this morning I felt okay enough for a little walk. I left Julia absorbed in her book, and headed up the road. The further I walked up, the more balloons I saw. They appeared in a diagonal above the street intersection. Perhaps all the power lines, light poles and other necessities of urban life overpower them a bit in the photos. But I did get one reasonably decent photo in which three were not obscured.

Monday, November 26, 2012
"Priest as Wepwawet"

Size: 45.7 x 56.5 cm. (18 x 22 1/4 in)
From the Pyramid of Amenemhat I at Lisht, re-used from the Funerary temple of Khufu, IV Dynasty.
Excavated by the Met's Egyptian Expedition in 1909, MMA 09.180.02

The Met Museum has made many of their publications available via pdf. I discovered "Re-Used Blocks from the Pyramid of Amenemhet I" and enjoyed reading it. I took the accession numbers and whenever possible, sought the most current photo of each block, to examine as I read Hans Goedicke's descriptive text:

"A representation of Wep-wawet occupies the center of this relief. He is depicted in therio-anthropomorphic form, as a man with the head of a canine animal. The transition between the two elements is not as smooth as usual in compositions of this kind, the widely curving stripes of the locks attached to the animal face being particularily unfortunate. A distinct line around the neck separates the head from the human body. The attitude is not a customary one for the representation of deities but quite usual for human dignitaries; therefore it is quite probable that the figure is that of a priest wearing an animal mask. The use of masks in the performance of cult acts can only be proved for the late period of Egyptian history but most likely was the habit at all times, although the reliefs rarely reflect such customs.

"His only garment is the short kilt, the overlapping end of which is diagonally pleated. In his forward hand is, not the w3s-scepter customary for deities but a long walking stick such as officials carry. His other hand, held before his breast, grasps the long handle of a shm-scepter that rests on his shoulder, like the walking stick not a usual mark of deities."

[For example, Merti, a high official and provincial governor, carries the sekhem scepter and walking stick]

"A few hieroglyphs remain at the top of the block; they state that the name of the figure is hrp-t3wy, 'Leader of the Two Lands,' a frequent epithet of Wep-wawet.

"Another figure, of which only traces of the shoulder remain, preceded Wep-wawet, and following him is still another, much smaller in scale, holding up a kind of standard with a small crossbar upon which a pair of crossed arrows rests. Arrows and Wep-wawet, the latter usually upon a standard, belong close together at the front of representations of the procession of the king.

"A therio-anthropomorphic representation of Wep-wawet is not known from the Old Kingdom. Reliefs of this period represent the god in his animal form, sometimes accompanied by the standard with the crossed arrows. The arrangement found here is, as far as I am aware, unparalleled. It seems to be part of a large scene showing a royal ceremonial procession in a factual way; priests impersonating the gods, not the gods themselves, precede the king, whose figure we must assume to the left. The scene undoubtedly illustrates a ritual act, presumably connected with the celebration of the Sed- festival." (Hans Goedicke, "Re-Used Blocks from the Pyramid of Amenemhet I", The Metropolitan Museum of Art Egyptian Expedition, Volume XX, 1971, pages 29-30)

By taking the largest photo available and enlarging it a bit, I made a trace whereby that "unfortunate' hairpiece can be visible. The Fourth Dynasty artist messed up the lines a bit! I don't feel so bad about my mistakes. (Also, I saw possible evidence of a neck collar?)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
"BOOK Images of Set is AVAILABLE!!!"

BOOK Images of Set: Now Available!!!
Available at the publisher's site
And available at Amazon!

Set does the happy henu dance!

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