Comet Egypt and the Two Lands (gks 15)

Cometary cone of incense and dancing girls

Cone of incense = smaller comets (‘commoners’)

Below are some common scenes from the New Kingdom depicting scantily clad serving-girls (& guys) wearing cones of incense on their heads.

Cone Of Incense

Comet Tails Earth








Egyptian Crowns CometsIncense (latin: incendere, “to burn”) was formed into small pellets and burned. It was used in religious ceremonies to drive away demons and gratify the presence of the gods, as they believed.

So what we have here is servant girls wearing cones of fire on their heads! This is is of course totally impractical, even impossible especially given the fact that many scenes depict Egyptian women in the act of dancing.

Afterlife Scene EgyptIn an attempt to explain this oddity some have suggested this was simply a solid lump of perfume, unfortunately this has been shown to be incorrect.

“During the New Kingdom people were depicted carrying little cones in their hair, which are generally interpreted as having been made of solid perfume. But examinations of wigs and hair have shown little evidence of fatty residue.”

Having no concept and the complete inability to comprehend a world dominated by cosmic catastrophe on the part of scholars this invariable leaves us with ‘symbolism.’ Everything its seems boils down to symbolism. The featured Egyptians didn’t actually wear ‘cones of fire’ on their heads, it was merely symbolic. Where on earth do they draw the line? Exactly what part of the scenes featured here have their basis in reality.

“All wear on their heads a ‘cone of ointment’, of which we don’t actually know if it was indeed worn or if it symbolized perfumes and fragrances poured on the guests” (N. Cherpion).

Incense Ancient Egypt Egyptian Women Comets

The cone of incense is symbolic – it is symbolic of the numerous ‘smaller’ comets that littered ancient skies. There are many hundreds of similar images adorning numerous tomb and temple walls the length and breath of the Nile valley. May I suggest the reader take this into account when studying Egyptian art. To reiterate; cosmic catastrophe is staring us in the face via ancient history.

Ancient Egypt Afterlife

Look closely at the cones on atop the enveloping wigs.

Cone Incense Headdress

Egyptian Women Ancient Ancient Egyptian Clothing

Mesopotamian cultures also incorporated the ‘comet form’ into their art. I will endeavour to continue this conversation with more images soon.



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