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God Tutu as a Sphinx

Tutu, a latecomer to the Egyptian pantheon, first appeared during the Late Period (about 580 B.C.). He was usually shown as a lion with a human head. This image was derived from the royal sphinx, from which Tutu also received his nemes (royal headdress) and the uraeus cobra at his brow. Tutu's tail ended in a snake head, and often, as here, he was shown treading on snakes. He was believed to control fate; people prayed to him for good fortune and also for food.


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