Friday, January 14, 2011

A Flicker of Inspiration: Ancient Egypt

I recently retook photographs of my Princess Nefertiti collar, and it reminded me just how much I love the Ancient Egyptian aesthetic. The Pharaohs - and their royal artisans - had an amazing gift for combining gold with colored gemstones, and the shapes and lines are so enchanting. Not to mention some of the beautiful mythologies and intriguing pantheon of gods and goddesses.

The interesting thing about the use of color in Ancient Egyptian art, is that most combinations were chosen for their spiritual significance, and not for their overall appearance. Symbolism was an important part of the design process.

Today I did some browsing through photographs of Egyptian artifacts and landmarks. Sadly, many of the unique pieces I found were photographed in museums far from their homeland. The Egpytian Supreme Council of Antiquities is constantly negotiating the return of many important artifacts, including the bust of Nefertiti.

Perhaps these images will inspire some enchanting beadwork!

Egyptian Photo Mosaic

1. Das Auge des Horus - The eye of the Horus, 2. Nefertiti, 3. tutankhamun, 4. Tutankhamun 2010,
5. Wadjet, 6. DSC_0604, 7. Egyptian_Statues_IMG_0763, 8. Egyptian pyramids,
9. Egypt-9B-020 - Amenhotep II, 10. Egypt,
11. Egypt Adventure your key to Egypt, 12. egypt, 13. Egypt

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  1. I know it's great to be able to see these gorgeous pieces in museums but I think in todays work of technology they should all be in their country of origin. That was a beautiful grouping of pictures.

  2. You make a great point! Now that we can travel the world from our living rooms, there's even more reason to send artifacts home.

    I also think that politicians should have to trade in their passports for Skype. Hopefully, humans will start to catch up with our technology sooner rather than later.


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