Hot Headed

I’m not sure about this figurine, but I think that this is supposed to be Hathor, one of the Egyptian goddesses.  Hathor, according to Wikipedia, is an ancient Egyptian goddess who personified the principles of joy, feminine love, and motherhood. She was one of the most important and popular deities throughout the history of Ancient Egypt. Hathor was worshiped by Royalty and common people alike in whose tombs she is depicted as “Mistress of the West” welcoming the dead into the next life. In other roles she was a goddess of music, dance, foreign lands and fertility who helped women in childbirth, as well as the patron goddess of miners.

Hathor is commonly depicted as a cow goddess with head horns in which is set a sun disk with Uraeus.  Twin feathers are also sometimes shown in later periods as well as a menat necklace.

Most of the images I saw of Hathor on the internet didn’t show her with feathered wings (as in my picture), but the twin feathers mentioned in Wikipedia may be the “feathers” on her wings.

I have a hunch, though, that Hathor may have been a hot-head.  After all, how would you feel if you wore the sun-disk on top of your head?

The original “hot head”!

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1513, Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa became the first European to view the eastern shore of what later became the Pacific Ocean, after he crossed the isthmus of Panama.   He names it the “South Sea”, claiming it in the name of the King of Spain.  Balboa hasn’t been back to see it for a long, long time.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: the Japanese word, saki (for the fermented rice wine famous in Japan), is short for saki-mizu, which means “prosperous waters.”

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