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Vendor Spotlight: LUXOR - Scarabs, Statues and Mahmoud

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Our Luxor Vendor We have been buying our hand-carved scarabs, alabaster and other items in stone and ceramics from the Matani family in the village of el-Gourna, across the Nile from Luxor.  This wonderful family has been involved in making replicas of ancient statues for as many generations as can be remembered.  The patriarch is named Mahmoud, one of the kindest, gentle vendors we have ever known. Mahmoud's home was originally made from sun-dried mud bricks, as were most homes in Luxor for countless centuries. When my parents, wife and I were on a buying trip in the mid 1990's there was...

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Genie Bottles from Egypt

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Perfume bottles have been around in Egypt for centuries. The Egyptians began creating vessels for their perfumes to keep them from evaporating. Their bottles have a distinctive look and feel. Our beautiful genie bottles are hand blown glass from Egypt. These bottles are beautiful in shape and color. The stoppers are matched to the size of the bottle. No two are the same as each has different etchings in the 24K gold plated accent ribbon around the middle. The colors may be lighter or darker than the example photo. We have been importing these delicate bottles for many years and...

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Cats, Cats and More Cats - Why is the Bastet Cat so Popular?

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The cat was sacred in ancient Egypt. Admired for its virility, strength and agility, it was also the symbol of Bastet, the benevolent cat goddess who represented motherhood and joy.  The goddess Bastet is seen as a symbol of protection from both evil spirits and disease - particularly diseases associated with women and children. She also has an important role in the afterlife, according to Egyptian beliefs, and is the one who guides and helps the dead. Since the earliest recorded centuries, the Bastet cat was viewed as a bestower of fertility and protection against dark forces. Even now, the...

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New Noteworthy Discoveries in Egypt

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There are many archaeological digs, excavations and restoration projects always underway in Egypt. They are all painstakingly slow and in difficult conditions, so it is particularly exciting when the work results in a discovery that is noteworthy.

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Say I Love You with a Custom One of a Kind Cartouche Necklace

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One of our most popular products is the "I Love You" cartouche pendant. The hieroglyphs on this cartouche are phonetic (representing sounds) so when translated, the symbols pronounce ILUVYU. The shape of the cartouche signifies 'encircling protection for eternity'.     

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