Monday, October 5, 2015
Julia and I saw the movie "The Martian", and found it very enjoyable and engrossing. It seems to be popular, as the theater was a bit more crowded than it usually is at the earliest showing. Craving Thai food, we headed out to Red Rose afterwards. I looked for my denim vest, but learned I'd left it at the theater. Nevermind, eating came first. The Penang curry is quite spicy, even at "medium", but yummy! Fortunately, the theater had the vest at the desk later, so all was well.
I was able to do more on my Egyptology research, finding the Old Kingdom origins of some Hathor-related imagery. In the New Kingdom, we see quite a few examples of Hathor headed Tyets, one excellent example at the Munich museum:
I learned more about the early beginnings of the Tyet being underneath Hethert's face. In the Old Kingdom, there's a cow-headed Goddess which later got subsumed into Hethert. Bat, whose name means "Female Spirit" or "Female Power", was deity of the nome neighboring Dendera (which is Hethert's nome). The similarities and the nearness allowed the merging to occur, but with nearly no loss of Bat's imagery. Bat's horns curve inwards, instead of outwards, as Hethert's does. This inward curving, rather like a lyre's, appears with the sistrum, which reflects back to Bat's 7th Upper Egyptian Nome, which is called "Mansion of the Sistrum".
One of 4th Dynasty's Menkaure's triad statues of him with Hethert and a Nome Deity, features Bat. Cairo JE 46499 is shown in a photo from "Royal Women as Represented in Sculpture during the Old Kingdom", by Biri Fay, in _Les criteres de datation stylistiques a I'Ancien Empire_, edited by Nicolas Grimal.
That article features a close-up, which I enlarged and traced:
So you can see how we got from that to Senenmut's sistrophorus statues. I just find this fascinating!
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