Getting messy in the speedy attempt to sketch out the surface. The only thing I have fine tuned is the title which started of life as a question, what would happened if I just keep going round in circles?
An inevitable confrontation with culture would appear to be the answer. I’ve managed to fine tune my title to Encirclement after an accidental encounter with the secrets of old King Tut.
A shen ring is a circle with a line at a tangent to it, which was represented in hieroglyphs as a stylised loop of a rope. The word shen itself means, in ancient Egyptian, encircle, while the shen ring represented eternal protection. In its elongated form the shen ring became the cartouche which enclosed and protected a royal name.
The Shen ring is most often seen carried by the falcon god Horus, but was also carried by the vulture goddessNekhbet. It was used as early as the third dynasty where it can be seen in the reliefs from Djoser‘s Step Pyramid complex.
The symbol could be stretched to contain other objects, which were then understood as being eternally protected by the shen ring. When it contained the name of the pharaoh the symbol became the cartouche. The word shen itself means, in Egyptian,encircle.
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