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…that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without words, and never stops at all. (Emily Dickinson)

This image was inspired by the Goddess Ma’at (see here) as she is described in Tad Williams’ Otherland series.

‘The dead person’s heart was placed on a scale, balanced by the feather of Ma’at.’

Normally Ma’at is represented by an ostrich feather, however, in this case I’ve used crow feathers as they worked better with my overall image – note the small hieroglyph in the bottom right-hand corner.

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Triptych series


Model 1
Stock-79 by Dagwanoenyent-Stock

Model 2
Stock-135 by Dagwanoenyent-Stock

Crow Feather Wings Stock by RockStock

Dark Classic Gray by Shadowhouse
Square 88 Aged Parchment by Shadowhouse
Square-152 by Shadowhouse
Hazy Shade of Winter from 6 Faves Of Mine Texture Set # 2 by Shadowhouse

All other images/textures/stock/brushes my own.


I am a very creative person and it’s my way of dealing with the world, inside and out. I am only happy when I am making things or painting or writing. There are just not enough hours in the day…. I am into poetry and photo manipulation at the moment and also dabbling in photography. :-)

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  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooalmost 4 years ago

    wow, awesome work!

  • Thank you so much Simon. This was one image I wanted to create for a while but I finally found the right stock images for it. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Caterpillar
    Caterpillaralmost 4 years ago

    Outstanding work Sybille!

  • Thank you so much. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Kristin Reynolds
    Kristin Reynoldsalmost 4 years ago

    oh, yes. yes, all of it; brilliant.
    Ma’at rules.

  • Thank you so much. :-) It was quite interesting reading up about her. Seems she was the frame of the whole Egyptian religion. Without her they expected the whole world to fall into chaos. Interesting as she’s the goddess of truth. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchalmost 4 years ago

    Oooh, this is fantastic, Sybille!!!

  • Thank you so much Laurie. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Angela King-Jones
    Angela King-Jonesalmost 4 years ago

    Ok this might just be my new favorite.. wow Sybille, you inspire me!

  • Thank you so much Angela. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

    ANNA MCALISTERalmost 4 years ago

    This is so powerful Sybille and the quote fits perfect!

  • Thank you so much Anna. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Jennifer Rhoades
    Jennifer Rhoadesalmost 4 years ago

    Oh, Sybille….purrrrrrr….love.

  • Thank you so much. :-) Love your name reminds me of the song ‘Glitter in the Air’ by Pink.

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Avena Singh
    Avena Singhalmost 4 years ago

    Brilliantly executed!! Wow those eyes are stunning.

  • Thank you so much Avena. The original stock images were stunning. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Headcrime
    Headcrimealmost 4 years ago

    Great work again! My Fav!

  • Thank you so much. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Pat Moore
    Pat Moorealmost 4 years ago


  • Thank you so much Pat. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

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