Lady of the Sycamore

Aakheperure

Bangalee, Australia

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The Lady of the Sycamore offers water and food to the souls of the dead. The Lady is based on a wall painting from the Tomb of Sennedjem (TT1), and the Ba (standing on its tomb before a lit taper) is based on Ani’s Book of the Dead.

I’ve been intrigued by this Lady for quite some time. She is sometimes identified as Nut, sometimes as Hathor. This mysterious Lady whose manifestation is the Sycamore Fig seems to me to be Mother Egypt Herself. The Ancient Egyptians held the Sycamore fig in high esteem and cultivated it extensively. Its timber is found in many tombs and its fruit is pictured and offered. The name for this tree (Nehat) can also mean “refuge” or “sanctuary”.

The green was really hard to match because the original pigments had degraded.

Date: 2012
Media: China black ink, Sennelier ink, Sennelier gum arabic pigments, brush and nib.

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