Sketchbook Page 9: The Set(h) Animal

August 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

The Set(h) Animal (from Egyptian Sketchbook)

In Art the Egyptian god Set (or Seth) was mostly depicted as a mysterious and unknown creature. Referred to by Egyptologists as the Set(h) Animal, Typhonic beast or Typhon, it had a curved snout, square ears, forked tail and a canine body. The god was also depicted as a human with only the head of a Set animal. It has no complete resemblance to any known creature though it has been suggested that it bears some anatomical resemblances to an aardvark, donkey or jackel; perhaps its square horns might also suggest the ossicones of a giraffe.

This is the first of a series of preliminary sketches for a series of much larger drawings (measuring 1.5m x 1.5m) that will represent the skulls of various Egyptian animal-headed deities at a god-like scale.

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