Variable of the Day, Ancient Egypt: Disc hovering overhead

Tomb of Khaemwaset (QV 44)

NOTE: Discs often appear over the king’s head, as do vultures and falcons.  These emblems represent divine protection or, in some instances, identification, for the king.  Variations in their appearances, including elements such as the uraei and any symbols they support as well as any specific textual identification (the disc is identified as the god Behdet in this example), are differentiated in the database.

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