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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:58 pm    Post subject: 2 heads Reply with quote

I wonder if anybody has any information about the significance of 2 headed figures. I came across these at Dendera, with the 2 crowns of lower & upper Egypt. (Top right of the picture)
A second example was pointed out to me (without the crowns) in Seti 1 tomb

https://picasaweb.google.com/112743752796606929007/2Heads?authkey=Gv1sRgCK6UtNTLisTcBg#5732427812725434738

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-pcM9hJSlJ-4/T42siOQFFkI/AAAAAAAABzo/Bpng0Vu5kUs/s580/Seti.jpg
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The one from Dendera is the united form of the gods Horus and Seth, in one person (as also in the person of the king, the two lands, etc.). Since this is a star ceiling it could be a special star or star constellation assigned to him to be meant.

The one from the tomb of Sethy I. is a god from the second hour of the Amduat. He is called "His both faces and his both arms are in him" (his full name in one of the two tombs of Useramun - TT 131, vizier under Hatshepsut & Thutmosis III, the only known non-royal tomb in the NK with Amduat). He is part of a group of gods who are bestow the underworld sun god (and the king) with the blessings of nature (seasons, harvest, grain, all plants, etc.). But their task is also the punishment of the enemies of Ra.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lutz you are a star thank you.
This has been driving me mad (ok madder) Embarassed
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No problem, you are welcome. And for something my library must be good indeed ... Cool

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, it certainly is, I couldn't find anything. You have to know where to start looking as well, and that is down to your own knowledge
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw what appeared to be a two headed sphinx one one tomb wall, I seem to recall. The head where one would expect a head was that of a falcon, and there was a human head rising above the rump. I don't seem able to find this image, now, but a google search for 'two headed sphinx' produced this strange Hittite configuration (which is axtually three headed since it has a bird head on the end of its tail)...

http://www.arthistory.upenn.edu/spr03/422/April10/303.JPG
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just stumbled across this Roman era two-headed carving of Osiris-Apis. This is in the Vatican museum. The arrangement of the heads is reminiscent of images of Janus.

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