A collection of egyptian symbolism – 7th piece to “Colour Your World Series” – a study of world art, culture and symbolism.
Watercolour paper, primacolour pencils and tattoo ink.
The scarab – It seemed to the ancient Egyptians that the young scarab beetles emerged spontaneously from the burrow were they were born. Therefore they were worshipped as “Khepera”, which means “he was came forth.” This creative aspect of the scarab was associated with the creator god Atum.
The ray-like antenna on the beetle’s head and its practice of dung-rolling caused the beetle to also carry solar symbolism. The scarab-beetle god Khepera was believed to push the setting sun along the sky in the same manner as the bettle with his ball of dung. In many artifacts, the scarab is depicted pushing the sun along its course in the sky.
Eye of Ra – The Wadjet (or Ujat, meaning “Whole One”) is a powerful symbol of protection in ancient Egypt also known as the “Eye of Horus” and the “all seeing eye”.
The Ankh – Key of Livity or Original Cross
In Ancient Kemet (the land of the black) later renamed Egypt by the Greeks, the ankh was known as the symbol of life and fertility, both to give and sustain, as well as the afterlife. The ankh has also been associated with material things such as water, air, sun and also the gods and kings. Ancient Egyptian Kings were seen holding and being given ankhs. The ankh amulet was worn to extend the life of the living and placed on a mummy to energise the resurrected spirit.