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Symbolism in the art of Queen Nefertari’s Tomb, Valley of the Queens

Personal reproduction of the north-east vestibule wall of QV66 by Natalie Watson Tomb QV66 located in the Valley of the Queens is one of the largest and most lavishly decorated in Egypt’s history. It was built as the final resting place for the favourite queen of Ramesses II, Nefertari Meritenmut (“Beautiful Companion, Beloved of the … Continue reading Symbolism in the art of Queen Nefertari’s Tomb, Valley of the Queens

Spring at RSPB Ham Wall, Somerset

RSPB Ham Wall, a wetland environment in the heart of the Somerset Levels, bursts into life at this time of the year, and at a recent trip I managed to capture a few of the current inhabitants. RSPB Ham Wall, June 2021Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly at RSPB Ham Wall, June 2021Blue damselfly at RSPB Ham Wall, … Continue reading Spring at RSPB Ham Wall, Somerset

Six Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

My newest print features the six major goddesses of protection, motherhood, love and death from the Ancient Egyptian pantheon; Nephthys, Isis, Amentat, Hathor, Maat and Neith. Though this is my creation, the figures are stylistically based on those seen in the wall reliefs from the Temple of Seti I at Abydos, dating to around 1300 … Continue reading Six Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

Funerary Model of a Brewing and Baking Workshop, c. 2010 BC

This funerary model was one of a number discovered in the elaborately decorated tomb of Khety I, a nomarch of the Oryx nome during the early part of Dynasty 12, which was carved into the bedrock of the Eastern Desert cliffs in the regional necropolis at Beni Hasan. It depicts a team of men and … Continue reading Funerary Model of a Brewing and Baking Workshop, c. 2010 BC

The Funerary Offering Table of Watetkhethor, a 6th Dynasty Egpytian Princess

My latest reproduction is a wall painting for the tomb of Watetkhethor, daughter of king Teti, dating to Dynasty 6 (around 2290 BC). It shows Watetkhethor seated in front of a table of offerings, whilst servants bring her legs of meat and birds to add to her piles of bread and gifts of flowers. The … Continue reading The Funerary Offering Table of Watetkhethor, a 6th Dynasty Egpytian Princess

Ancient Egyptian Symbols: Measuring Time

My reconstruction of a partially destroyed wall relief from the Ramesseum, the mortuary temple dedicated to Ramesses II in Thebes dating from the 19th Dynasty, features this depiction of the god Djhuty (Thoth). Thoth is the god of wisdom, writing, hieroglyphs, science, magic, art, judgment, and the dead. In this depiction, he is surrounded by … Continue reading Ancient Egyptian Symbols: Measuring Time

Atum Repelling Apep, Serpent of Chaos

My reproduction of a scene from the ancient Egyptian Book of Gates features the creation god Atum repelling the serpent of chaos, Apep (Apophis). It is based on a wall painting from the tomb of Ramesses I in the Valley of the Kings (KV16). The Book of Gates is a funerary text dating from the … Continue reading Atum Repelling Apep, Serpent of Chaos

Naqada Pottery of Predynastic Egypt; a 5,400-year-old Representation of a River Festival

This unprovenanced jar in the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection dates to between c. 3450 to 3330 BCE. It is a particularly fine example of late Neqada II decorated ware, pottery made of fine marl clay and embellished with recurring motifs representing the Egyptian desert and Nilotic environment. It depicts three boats travelling in procession … Continue reading Naqada Pottery of Predynastic Egypt; a 5,400-year-old Representation of a River Festival

The Painted Tomb-Chapel of Nebamun, 1350 BC

My reproduction is based on a wall painting from an 18th Dynasty tomb chapel located in the Theban Necropolis on the west bank of the Nile in Egypt. It belonged to Nebamun, a wealthy, middle-ranking official scribe and grain counter at the temple complex in Thebes. The tomb’s plastered walls were richly and skilfully decorated … Continue reading The Painted Tomb-Chapel of Nebamun, 1350 BC

What did the Ancient Egyptians Call Memphis? Mapping Ancient Egyptian Town Names

Read anything about Ancient Egypt and you’ll soon come across an obvious etymological curiosity; most places are known by their Greek, Roman, Arabic or even English names, rather than their Ancient Egyptian names. This reflects the enormous breadth of time many of these settlements have been occupied, but it doesn’t help if you’re reading a … Continue reading What did the Ancient Egyptians Call Memphis? Mapping Ancient Egyptian Town Names