News — Ancient Egypt

Egyptian Deity: The Scarab Beetle - Sun God Khepri

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The scarab beetle is an iconic Egyptian deity with fascinating origins. The scarab was thought to have been born from a pile of dung making it a symbol of self-creation. Egyptians would watch the scarab push the dung and noticed it resembled the sun moving across the sky. Ancient Egyptians believed the scarab beetle was a manifestation of the Sun God Khepri. Because the sun would reappear the following day the scarab was known to symbolize rebirth. Scarabs were worn by the living as a powerful amulet for protection. They were also buried with the dead to help them on their...

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VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: The Tentmaker District

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We now offer many pieces from the Khayamiya (tentmakers) district of old Cairo in our Etsy store. For over 1,000 years, the tentmakers of Cairo hand-stitched huge panels (some as large as 10 x 20 feet) that were attached to the interior of tents. These were primarily used for funeral gatherings, with very bright green, orange and red colors.   The designs are created by the 'appliqué' process which is stitching layers on top of canvas backing. In recent years, the tentmakers began making smaller pieces to be used as bedspreads, wall hangings, and pillowcases, using much softer color tones. The...

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EGYPTIAN TRAVEL: TEMPLE RESTORATION

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  On my most recent trip to Luxor, I went to visit my favorite spot in Medinat Habu (Habu Temple). I was surprised to see scaffolding on a large section of the columns, with a team of young students working diligently on it.  I must admit, I liked the idea of removing dust, dirt, bird poop, etc. However, when I realized that the colorful sections were changing color, I was a bit concerned.   As a purist, I much prefer the 'weathered by thousands of years' look, but I am hopeful that this deepening of the colors will lighten over...

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Honor Your Mother With An Egyptian Necklace

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Honor your Mom with a necklace that features the word Mom translated into ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. These pendants are handmade, in the ancient bazaar of Khan el Khalili in Cairo, Egypt. We also offer a Mother cartouche pendant with a female symbol on the bottom. These necklaces are in stock and ready to ship. We offer multiple gift wrapping options that make this the perfect gift!

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EGYPTIAN EXHIBITIONS: "EGYPT: THE TIME OF PHARAOHS"

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Visit the new exhibition, "Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs", at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. This showcase is local to us-- just 40 miles away! The exhibition promises "to transport you to the distant past to explore ancient Egyptian culture and the land of pharaohs".  Visit the Denver Museum of Nature and Science's website for more information and to purchase tickets: https://www.dmns.org/visit/exhibitions/egypt-the-time-of-pharaohs 

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