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Egyptian Hand Painted Papyrus

 
The following Egyptian art is made from genuine Egyptian papyrus and hand painted a unique Egyptian design. All papyrus paintings can be purchased in the Egyptian Dreams shop and are of the highest quality. Click on an image to visit the shop.

Hand painted papyrus of Amentet, Re-Horakhty, Horus and Hathor
Hand Painted Papyrus of Amentet, Re-Horakhty, Horus and Hathor

Amentet is the goddess with the bird on her crown, which stands for the West and so makes her the goddess of the West. Re-Horakhty is known for his huge sun disk crown. He’s wearing the bull’s tail of strength and holding the 'was' scepter of power. On their thrones is a picture of the Sema-tawy (2 lungs and trachea) with a lotus (Upper Egypt) and papyrus (Lower Egypt) tied around it. This means ‘Union of the 2 lands’, which can be seen on the thrones of most Kings. To the right of them is Horus, wearing the crowns of Upper and Lower Egypt, as he is the protector of the reigning King.


Hand Painted Papyrus of Egyptian Goddesses
Hand Painted Papyrus of Egyptian Goddesses

This beautifully decorated design of Egyptian goddesses is actually two scenes in one.

On the right we can see the goddess Isis seated on her throne. Isis was the sister-wife of Osiris and the mother of Horus, who represents the reigning King. She holds the 'was' scepter of power and is pointing an ankh (key of life) at the goddess Hathor. Hathor was the goddess of love, joy and music. She’s holding a sistrum, a rattle-like musical instrument. She’s also giving lotus flowers to Isis, which stands for rebirth and regeneration.

In the other scene again we see Isis and Hathor but they are larger and are shown holding hands. Here Isis (on the right) is wearing the menet necklace, symbol of the goddess Maat, it stands for balance and order. While on the far left a goddess follows them bringing beautiful, fragrant lotus flowers.


Hand Painted Papyrus of Gods and Goddesses
Hand Painted Papyrus of Gods and Goddesses

This beautifully detailed array of Egyptian gods and goddess has a wonderful range of scenes going on all at once.

In the center is the King holding the crook and flail and wearing a bull’s tail. Horus and Anubis are adorning him. Horus, on the right, is wearing the double crown of Kingship and is the protector of the reigning King. Anubis, on the left, is related to death and mummification, and so he ensures one for the afterlife.

The two figures on the left of the papyrus are Sobek and Hathor. Hathor, the female goddess of love and music, is offering Sobek the menet necklace. This is a necklace that balanced in the front and back and so stood for the Ma’at, goddess of order, balance and justice. Sobek, the crocodile god, was connected with the sun god Re.

On the far right the two figures are Anuket and Isis. Anuket, seated on the throne, is the goddess of Aswan and the daughter of Re, the sun god. Isis is adorning her with lotus flowers, which symbolize resurrection and rebirth. She’s also holding a sistrum, a musical instrument that you shake like a rattle.


Hand Painted Papyrus of Isis, Ma'at, Horus and Hathor
Hand Painted Papyrus of Isis, Ma'at, Horus and Hathor

This beautiful array of Egyptian gods and goddess shows Isis, Ma’at, Horus and Hathor.

Seated at the center is Isis with a horned crown as well as the vulture headdress. Isis is known for her virtues as mother, wife, protector and magician. She is holding the 'was' scepter of power and is pointing the ankh (key of life) sign at the goddess Ma’at, who is to her left. Ma’at is the goddess of truth, justice and order and is spreading her wings in protection to Isis. To the right is the god Horus who is wearing the crown of Upper and Lower Egypt and is the protector of the reigning King. To the left of them is the goddess Hathor, who is the divine mother of the reigning King, and goddess of sexuality, joy and music.


Hand Painted Papyrus of Queen Hatshepsut
Hand Painted Papyrus of Queen Hatshepsut

Hatshepsut was the female pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty. For a woman to rule Egypt for over 20 years was extremely unusual.

She was the daughter of Tuthmosis I and was married to her half-brother, Tuthmosis II. On his untimely death, his heir was his son by a secondary wife, but as the young Tuthmosis III was still a child, Hatshepsut became regent and ruled on his behalf for about seven years, before proclaiming herself king and ruling jointly with him for a further 14 years.

Although she was a woman, she projected her official image as that of a pharaoh and even wore the royal false beard.


Hand Painted Papyrus of Ramesses III, Horus and Thoth
Hand Painted Papyrus of Ramesses III, Horus and Thoth
This beautiful symmetric scene shows Ramesses III in the centre with Horus (right) and Thoth (left) pouring the signs of life (ankh-key of life) and power (was) over him. The Pharaoh is dressed in the full regalia of Kingship, the nemes headdress and the bull’s tail which stood for power. Horus is the falcon headed god, who was the protector of Kingship. Thoth, the ibis headed god was the god of knowledge.

Hand Painted Papyrus of Seti I, Osiris and Horus
Hand Painted Papyrus of Seti I, Osiris and Horus

God of the dead and the Afterlife, as well as rebirth and fertility, Osiris was usually represented in a mummified anthropomorphc form, often holding a crook and flail, and with the atef-crown on his head.

Hand Painted Papyrus of the Great Sphinx at Giza
Hand Painted Papyrus of the Great Sphinx at Giza

About 350 meters from Cheops's pyramid stands the Great Sphinx, known in Arabic as Abu el-hol, which means "Father of terror". With the body of a lion and the head of a king, the Great Sphinx at Giza was believed to have been built in 2500 BC. However there is evidence of rain-induced weathering. If the weathering is indeed caused by rain, it would mean that the Sphinx has been in existence since North Africa had a wet climate - more than 12,000 years ago! Most Egyptologists regard the Sphinx as a portrait of the king Khafre, carved from an outcrop of rock that remained after the quarrying of limestone for the interior of the Great Pyramid. The Great Sphinx measures 66 feet high and over 240 feet long. The face of the Sphinx rises 13 feet with the eyes being 6 feet high. Part of the nose and beard are now missing, but the beard can still be seen in the British Museum.

Hand Painted Papyrus of Winged Maat
Hand Painted Papyrus of Winged Maat

Ma'at was the personification of the fundamental order of the universe, without which all of creation would perish. The primary duty of the pharaoh was to uphold this order by maintaining the law and administering justice. To reflect this, many pharaohs took the title "Beloved of Maat," emphasizing their focus on justice and truth. At any event in which something would be judged, Ma'at was said to be present, and her name would be invoked so that the judge involved would rule correctly and impartially. Ma'at's presence in all worlds was universal, and all the gods deferred to her.

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