Variable of the Day, Ancient Egypt: Falcon hovering overhead
Tomb of Ramses VI (KV 9)
NOTE: Falcons, like discs and vultures, are often depicted hovering over the kin’g head. They shield pharaoh from harm and also bestow various gifts. In the above instance, the unidentified falcon extends to the king a shen sign (representative of eternity), and two clusters of hieroglyphs–one an ankh (“life”) flanked by was scepters (“dominion”) atop a neb (“all”) sign, and the other showing a djed (“stability”) in place of the ankh. These clusters indicate that the falcon deity is giving the king an eternity of “all life and dominion” and “all stability and dominion.” All variations in the appearance of these divine protectors, including identifiers and elements grasped in the talons, are tracked in the database.