temple of seti

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~ Relief on the North Wall of a Chapel of Ramesses I.
Period: New Kingdom, Ramesside
Dynasty: 19th Dynasty
Reign: reign of Seti I
Date: ca. 1295–1294 B.C.
Geography: From Egypt, Northern Upper Egypt, Abydos, Temple of Sety I, north of NE corner, Chapel of Ramesses I
Medium: Limestone

Abydos King list found on a wall of the Temple of Seti I r. 1290–1279 BC (19th Dynasty). The start of the king list, showing Seti and his son - Ramesses II - on the way to making an offering to Ptah-Seker-Osiris, on behalf of their 72 ancestors - the contents of the king list. Ramesses is depicted holding censers.

This list omits the names of many earlier pharaohs who were apparently considered illegitimate — such as Hatshepsut, Akhenaten, Smenkhkare, Tutankhamun, and Ay.

anonymous asked:

I was thinking of building a shrine to wepwawet and i was wondering if it would be appropriate to use one of the many Anubis statues as the center piece or am I better off finding a statue of his standard or getting a statue commissioned?

Hello anon!

Quick disclaimer: I believe very strongly in the importance of things like high quality, fine details, and the use of ritually pure materials, as well as the value of hand-made/custom work when it comes to shrine statues. I loathe resin and mass-produced items. Custom-made is always better. Custom-made using ritually pure materials is better still. Custom-made using ritually pure materials by a master artisan is best. I am, however, putting aside these things in my reply because I know not everybody can afford a custom hot-cast bronze statue or has the time to seek out the perfect artisan who may or may not have a waiting list, etc! :) So that said…

The iconography of a standing jackal on a platform is virtually exclusive to Wepwawet and I think he would really appreciate anybody taking the time to get something specifically made. But is it a requirement? Certainly not. You would be absolutely fine using most of those statues “of Anubis” which are out there because a) Wepwawet is just as much a black jackal as he is, b) spends almost as much time as a couchant jackal as he does a standing jackal, and c) with the exception of a few very specific postures, Anup and Wepwawet are absolutely identical in anthropomorphic form. Unless a statue actually has INPW written on it somewhere, or is in a heart-weighing or mummy-tending posture, there is literally nothing keeping it from being a statue of Wepwawet.

If you choose to go with a more generic statue, I do have some tips though! Generally speaking, Wepwawet seems to prefer full animal form. If you did want to use colour to differentiate him from Anup, go with gold or bronze. Wepwawet is a very solar deity, so warm golden tones are particularly appropriate. If you go with a couchant jackal, consider getting one which isn’t on a shrine/box/coffin. I know there are ‘free-floating’ ones out there, or ones where he’s on a flat base. (Although Wepwawet does appear on top of a shrine/box/coffin quite frequently, the imagery and context is nonetheless something more broadly associated with Anup.) Also, the neat thing about the couchant posture is it has a sort of ‘at home, settled, resting’ connotation which would be entirely appropriate for a shrine.

If you wanted to customize your statue, painting the glyphs for Wepwawet somewhere on it is an obvious way of establishing it as being him. You could also supply him with a miniature bow, arrows and/or a mace. If you are at all the crafty sort and you’ve bought a couchant jackal, try building him a raised standard-platform to rest upon. (Add red streamers to the pole for an extra level of detail!) Alternatively or in addition to, you could sculpt a shedshed to go in front of his paws or provide him with a pair of uraei that sit on either side of his legs. A single uraeus between his paws would be fine too, but in three-dimensional models it is almost always two uraei. Completely unrelated to the actual task of finding/customizing a statue of any form, please consider buying a white linen handkerchief to tie around him as a cloak. No statues in AE were ever naked, they always would have had a linen cloak. :)

Last but not least, you know all those faux stone plaques “of Anubis” which feature a jackal deity holding a combined ankh-djed-was sceptre in one hand and a crook/flail in the other? That’s totally Wepwawet, from the temple of Seti I. Nothing says the focus for your shrine has to be a three-dimensional statue and it would certainly be a quick and easy way of getting something which is specifically of Wepwawet.

Addendum #1: When commissioning/making a statue of Wepwawet in animal form, make sure he gets the bushy tail of a wild canid rather than the thin tail of a dog. Thin tails look fine on Anup, but really weird on Wepwawet.

Stelophorous Statue of Bay
Ancient Egypt - New Kingdom, 19th Dynasty (1294–1250 B.C.)

This statuette depicts a kneeling man holding a stela inscribed with a hymn to the sun. An inscription on the back of the statuette identifies the man as Bay, who was a scribe working in the administration of the temple of Seti I, a post he probably held into the reign of Seti’s son, Ramesses II. Complete statues of nonroyal individuals from this period are uncommon, and pieces of this fine quality are extremely rare.