A master of wild beasts and a demon slayer, Shed, whose name means ‘rescuer’ or ‘savior’, is depicted as a youth with the characteristic shaved head and braided forelock, often grasping or treading upon serpents, antelopes, crocodiles and other wild animals. Shed bears a close resemblance to the child form of Horus, who is often depicted in very similar fashion, particularly on the magical stelae known as cippi, and in such contexts they are functionally indistinguishable. Shed is strongly associated with hunting, particularly in the desert, and may bear a small gazelle head projecting from his forehead, this being perhaps one of the principal ways of distinguishing Shed from Horus on the cippi. On one early cippus, Shed is described as “coming from the desert lands with the wedjat,” or Horus-eye, “in order to protect the shrines,” (Strandberg, p. 142).
Strandberg, Asa. 2009. The Gazelle in Ancient Egyptian Art: Image and Meaning. Uppsala: Uppsala Studies in Egyptology.