Oddendale Stone Circle, near Shap, Lake District, 14.1.17.I’ve…

Oddendale Stone Circle, near Shap, Lake District, 14.1.17.

I’ve visited this recumbent double stone circle many times before but today it seemed more easy to discern than before. Perhaps the reduction of flora thanks to winter weather meant the stones seemed more visible or perhaps it was the abundance of moss and lichen on the stones that made them seem more prominent collectively as a site. It doesn’t require much of a leap of imagination to envisage what this site was like several thousand years ago; sat in a remote and relatively uninhabited landscape, the circles are tranquil, eerie and bewitching.

brooklynmuseum: This magical stela features the god Horus as…

brooklynmuseum:

This magical stela features the god Horus as child. He stands triumphantly on a pair of crocodiles and grasps snakes and scorpions in his fists, demonstrating his control over these animals. Ancient Egyptians believed water poured over such images could be used to protect from and heal snake and scorpion bites.

Hippus of Horus on the Crocodiles, 3rd century B.C.E. Steatite. Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 60.73.