NOTE: The pictures of "Hwt-Her Mistress of the Sky" presented here are not professional and should not be relied upon as reflections of the true colors, materials, and quality of the original icon. Professional photographs are forthcoming in the near future.
The Egyptians made statues and images of the gods, but at the same time, they tell us that they were themselves created by a god, who thus conceived the images of the divine. Thus, it is proclaimed by Ptah Tatenen on the Shabaka Stone, also known as the Memphite Theology:
|A hand mirror embellished with the face of the Goddess Hwt-Her/ New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty/ Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|A highly magnified view of the head and face of the Goddess Hwt-Her. The actual head of the Goddess is approximately the size of an American quarter.|
|"Reshpu Lord of Might"|
|"Bes the Magical Protector"|
|"Sekhmet the Eye of Ra"|
|On the morning of June 1, 2015, the day after this icon was completed, the Goddess Hwt-Her received a ceremonial blessing of the first rays of light at sunrise.|
|Half in darkness, half in light, the first rays of the morning sun bestow this icon of Hwt-Her with the sacred radiation of Her Father Ra.|
|The sunrise light strikes the gilded hieroglyphs that say "Hwt-Her Mistress of the Sky, the Lady of Contentment"|
|A gold-plated and silver statuette of the God Amun-Ra, almost certainly a cult statue provided with ritual worship and offerings. 26th Dynasty/ From the collection of the British Museum|
1 Dunand, Francoise & Zivie-Coche, Christiane. Gods and Men in Egypt. Ithaca and London, 2004, pp.14-15. 179.
12 I have developed my own identifications for the various components that make up my icons. These are created on archival wooden panels which I refer to as the kar or shrine, visualized as representing the rectangular shrines (commonly referred to as a naos) in which three dimensional cult images of the Gods are traditionally housed. The innermost portion of each icon panel, that is to say, the actual space inhabited by the deity for whom the icon is consecrated, is referred to as the "deity house". This corresponds to the interior of the kar-shrine where the cult image is maintained. Secondly are the "doorjambs", the raised and gilded "framing" surrounding the inner icon panel or "deity house". Following this is the "outer panel", composed of two "columns", the left and right borders, and the "upper lintel" and "sledge", the top and bottom borders of the icon panel. The two "columns" are used to depict the primary names and/ or epithets of the deity in traditional hieroglyphs, these being rendered as slightly raised reliefs which are gilded with 22 karat gold.
13 Faulkner, Raymond O. A Concise Dictionary of Middle Egyptian. Oxford, 2002, pp. 275.