The Shedshed of Wepwawet: an artistic and behavioural interpretation

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The shedshed, a curious balloon-shaped object associated with the canine god Wepwawet, has yet to be identified conclusively. Through a comparison of the shedshed with Ancient Egyptian representations of animal burrows, and a consideration of the natural behaviour of canine species, a new interpretation of the symbol as a canid den is offered. Wepwawet’s role in Egyptian mythology is reassessed in the light of this hypothesis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-115
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Egyptian Archaeology
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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