The Was-Sceptre, the head of the alien?

seated humans and deities bearing was-staffs from the Papyrus of Ani
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a) Comparison between Was-Sceptre head and the head of Necronom IV
In the head of the Necronom IV beast, we find a curved dip in the pipes handing from the side of the head and creatures the impression of a space for a false eye and perhaps one can compare it to the placement of the eye on a certain Was-sceptre found amongst the treasures of Tutenkhamun,

Detail of head from Necronom IV. Notice the false eye 
shape where he pipes dip half way along the head
Was-sceptre from treasures of Tutenkhamun. Compare the eye with 
the placement of the pipe didps in the head of the Necronom IV

b) My introduction to the Was-Sceptre connection
My attention to the question about the alien head being inspired by the form of a Was-sceptre came from a post by "Batchpool" at who on September 7th 2012 presented the a photo of a sculpture of Ptah holding a was-sceptre which I managed to see 3 days later. (This statue of Ptah has been thought to be the inspiration for the Oscar awards statue)

statue of Ptah holding a was-sceptre
c) Background behind the Was-Sceptre
On the walls in various tombs, depictions of various deities and pharaohs carrying the Was-Sceptre
have been found bearing the stylised head of a beast known as a set-animal or a Typhonic beast. Used as symbols of power and then a symbol of control over chaos. The stylised representation of the head found in wall  paintings looks curiously like the alien in the most generalised way.

"The was (wahz) ("power, dominion") sceptre is a symbol that appeared often in relics, art, and hieroglyphics associated with the ancient Egyptian religion. It appears as a a stylized animal head at the top of a long, straight staff with a forked end.
Was sceptres were used as symbols of power or dominion, and were associated with the gods (such as Set or Anubis) as well as with the pharaoh. Was sceptres also represent the Typhonic beast or Set-animal (the mascot of the Egyptian god Set). In later use, it was a symbol of control over the force of chaos that Set represented.
In a funerary context the was sceptre was responsible for the well-being of the deceased, and was thus sometimes included in the tomb equipment or in the decoration of the tomb or coffin. The sceptre is also considered an amulet. The Egyptians perceived the sky as being supported on four pillars, which could have the shape of was sceptres. The was sceptre is also the symbol of the fourth Upper Egyptian nome, the nome of Thebes (called Waset in Egyptian).
Was sceptres were depicted as being carried by gods, pharaohs, and priests. They commonly occur in paintings, drawings, and carvings of gods, and often parallel with emblems such as the ankh and the djed-pillar. Remnants of real was sceptres have been found, constructed of faience or wood, where the head and forked tail of the Set-animal are visible, with the earliest examples dating back to the times of the first dynasty.
The was is also the Egyptian hieroglyphic character that stands for a word meaning power. (Source:  

 H.R Giger's Black Room, Egyptian Burial chamber,
on the third floor of his parents' house at Storchengrasse 17, Chur, 1958

(source,  WWW.HRGIGER.COM (book) p9)

wall carving of Horus  holding was-sceptre
from the Dendera temple complex

Horus carrying a was-sceptre from the
 tomb of Nefertar
detail of was-sceptre head

d) Giger's Black Room
We can find Giger's painting on the wall of his Black Room when he was a teenager, and it shows images of Ra carrying a was-sceptre so we know he was familiar with the idea of this object. What is more, intended for the film premier he created design for a staff that bore the head of the alien on the tip similar to the head of a was-sceptre, based on an idea from Mia Bonzanigo.

H.R.Giger in his Black Room,  Egyptian Burial chamber,  1957
 (source: Giger's Necronomicon p12)

Giger's design for silver Alien walking stick walking stick,
 for Premier in Hollywood (work 405, Giger's Alien)

e) See also Was-Sceptre. the hammerhead tip of the derelict?

f) For more information about Was-Sceptres see

Just over 4 inches (10.5cm) at the Cairo museum #61787
Photo from Tutankhamun, text T. G. James, photos A. DeLuca

Was-Sceptre head at the Victoria and Albert museum,
complete with an upper body at the top, 
A was sceptre from Kmt.
(source :egyptsearchreloaded)

was-sceptre(source: ancientegyptonline)

1 comment:

  1. Have a look at my interpretation of the Dendera Temple reliefs. I am going to go more in depth in to the atef crown, ba and the solar disk soon.

    Demystification of the Dendera Light

    Your was sceptre ideas are interesting. I also have a analysis of the IHS story here, which you might find interesting.

    Isis, Horus, Set - The First Trinity

    I am of the opinion that this trinity was actually one force, which split itself in order to either maintain or combine control of disparate human cultures. What do you think?