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Author Topic: Iconography Clarification  (Read 2057 times)
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« Reply #3: June 19, 2009, 11:19:45 am »

Many times while looking at pictures or statuary it is hard to tell deities apart.  The people who sell these items don't help because oftentimes they mislabel them.  I've seen a Ma'ahes statue labeled as Sekhmet and a Yinepu or Wepwawet statue labeled as Isis. 

I recently bought a Ma'at statue mislabelled as Isis. The strange thing is that they had another statue that was exactly the same only standing up, which they had correctly labelled. Bizarre.

Yinepu and Wepwawet?

I would add that these two are sometimes just identical and it's only the hieroglyphs that name them.

Heru Wer and Heru-sa-Aset?

These two always bug me as I often find them wearing something that looks like the double crown but not... perfectly like the double crown. And I've seen people using it for Heru-Wer. The general rule is Heru-Wer wears the white crown, Heru-Sa-Aset wears the double. I think a Heru with no headdress tends to be Heru-Wer, as it strikes me as "old school Heru before we had to deal with this silliness", which is technically Heru-Wer, I think.

Ra and Ra-Heru Akhety?

Ra can be seen with a sun disc or a sun disc with uraeus, Ra-Heruakety can be seen as with a sun disc with uraeus or as having the Atef crown. If they're with their shared symbolism of the sun disc with uraeus, as with Wepwawet and Yinepu, give up and look for heiroglyphs. If it's a worry about statues though, so long as it meets their general requirements they tend to be happy.

I'm no expert though, indeed I got a lot of this from second hand knowledge and the Wepwawet Wiki. But certainly I have seen a lot of people saying "when in doubt, read glyphs". If there are no proper glyphs or you (like me Tongue) can't read them, their depiction rules are sometimes pretty flexible so go with whatever fits.


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