The Divine Powers Of The New Kingdom

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Shed Stela, 1550-1070 BC
Shed, is the god called “Saviour” which is date back from the 18th Dynasty. Throughout Egypt’s history, people have been worshipping characteristic of divine powers. Those characteristics are identified by their personal names. The increase of loneliness and isolation in Egypt’s society began in the New Kingdom, which resulted in texts being written that emphasized the saving aspects of divine powers. Although most great gods have the epithet ‘Saviour’, this aspect was personalized in the god Shed. Shed is usually depicted as a child, often nude with just loincloth covering his genitals. Shed is idealized very youthful like how a young man should look. He also holds wild animals in his hands, which displays his
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To add on why the figures are stylized and not naturalistic is from their stance. Both Shed and Horus are not in a contrapposto stance. Their bodies are very stiff and both their legs are facing one direction while their chest is facing forward. The figures are also very out of proportion. They have a short torso, small waist, long arms and legs, super broad shoulders, and their heads are very large compared to how their body is. Usually when gods are depicted with mortals, they have hieratic scale, however there is no hieratic scale between Horus and Shed because they are both gods. They are standing face to face and barefooted. Shed is on the left and shown as nude while Horus is on the right wearing a loincloth.
Focusing on Shed, he is wearing a crown like headpiece and his facial expression looks very youthful so as his body. He is also wearing a necklace, which can be a symbol of wealth and royalty because it is expensive. Although Shed is nude, the artist did not focus a lot on making him look muscular, however he stresses on the genitals. Shed is holding four items: A snake, which in this particular sculpture symbolizes the process of healing from evils. A walking stick to show balance. An ankh, which is a symbol of life. And a mace, which symbolizes his power. In the center of the sculpture, you can see there is a papyrus plant and water pouring down. To show the water being poured down from under the papyrus plant
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