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 Prometheus-movie.com 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|
On the walls in various tombs, depictions of various deities and pharoahs carrying the Was-Sceptre
"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: wikipedia.org/wiki/Was)
| 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 www.joanlansberry.com
|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. |