Thursday, May 7, 2015
This piece is so fascinating because it's combining various symbols. We see the Tyet amulet's "arms", and the "spine" (connoting stability) of the Djed pillar:
Hathor Spoon with Tyet and Djed
Cosmetic Spoon with Hathor head
Burial of Queen Mentuhotep, Dyn. 17
Thebes-West (Dra Abu el-Naga)
Neues Museum, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Berlin ÄM 1178
I created my tracing referencing this fine photo by Lucy Huntzinger.
Tyet drawn by me, Djed from _Reading Egyptian Art_, Wilkinson
I've seen various guesses at the meaning of the Tyet. Often associated with the goddess Isis (Aset), it suggests protection and health.
An example of a Tyet at the Brooklyn museum:
37.1272E, photo © Brooklyn museum
The striations delineating the Djed spine remind me of those on
one in Nefertari's tomb. I did a drawing based on that Djed:
I found another example of a cosmetic spoon featuring Hathor. The museum record currently lacks an image, but this one found via Pinterest probably is a museum photo, however small and hard to read:
I love all the subtleties of Hathor's imagery. I'll keep looking for these cosmetic spoons.
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