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Ikhemu-sek
The Ikhemu-sek, depicted in the tomb of Pharaoh Seti I (KV17) Nineteenth Dynasty, astronomical vaulted ceiling Valley of the Kings
SymbolStars, constellations
The Ikhemu-sek (middle) depicted on the astronomical ceiling in the tomb of Pharaoh Seti I (TT71)

The Ikhemu-sek (Ancient Egyptian: j.ḫmw-sk – literally "the ones not knowing destruction"[1] also known as the Imperishable ones) were a group of ancient Egyptian minor deities who where the personifications of the northern constellations.[2]

History

The northern constellations were depicted in the tomb of Senenmut on the astronomical ceiling.[2] The Ikhemu-sek were also found on the astronomical vaulted ceilings of tombs in the Valley of the Kings.[2]

Iconography

The Ikhemu-sek where portrayed as both animal and human-like: A woman, lion (leo), bull, man, falcon-headed man, man, and hippopotamus.

See also

References

  1. ^ Teresi, Dick (2002-12-22). "The Nation; The Universe and Ground Zero". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2023-02-15.
  2. ^ a b c "Culture and Education:Opinion:WASEDA ONLINE". yab.yomiuri.co.jp. Retrieved 2023-02-15.