Akhekh

Variations: Ākhekh

As an incarnation or ally of the god Set, the Akhekh is associated with darkness and water (both elements of chaos). Pierret gives it an eagle’s head on a winged lion’s body; Budge specifies that it is an antelope with two wings on its back, and the head of a bird crowned with three uraei – the cobras on Pharaonic headdresses.

The akhekh is a symbol of terror, but the uraei also connect it to the power of the Pharaoh. Ramesses II was described as being an akhekh to his Hittite enemies. The Metternich stele shows a king in a chariot drawn by an akhekh galloping over two crocodiles.

References

Budge, E. A. W. (2015) The Gods of the Egyptians, vol. II. Dover Publications Inc., New York.

Pierret, P. (1875) Dictionnaire d’archéologie égyptienne. Imprimerie Nationale, Paris.

14 Comments

  1. Why yes, I also have been described as being an akhekh to cold pizza … is the long tail inspired by its representation on the stele? Its physionomy on that would seem to correspond more to Pierret’s ; even if the carving is very “stylised” as the kids are saying nowadays it has, for me, a distinguishably feline vibe. Either way, I like your rendering, it’s a good reference to both descriptions. Even if it looks more manageable as a pet than an untameable beast of darkness and chaos (that said my cat looks plenty manageable and friendly and yet …).

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