Egyptian Themed Decorative Figurines Egyptian God and Goddess Figurines!
The Allure Of Ancient Egypt!
Howard Carter not only opened the tomb of Tutankhamen, he also opened a window of everlasting curiosity and fascination of people towards ancient Egypt. I know that. Visiting the pyramids have long been on my bucket list! While it will take some time for me to actually go touch the walls of a pyramid, as a compromise, I have been working on an Egyptian themed room at my home. So far, my only progress is constructing and then dismantling a cardboard pyramid! I made that one to try out an experiment which claimed that if constructed in proper dimensions, food remains unspoilt for a long time inside a pyramid shaped object. Probably it has to do something with some energy field. Unfortunately, mine was not built exactly to scale and had to be taken down.
Cardboard is not actually the prefect building material for such projects as it tends to bend. Hard plastic sheets or even steel are much more reliable. While I am making new construction plans, I started collecting one or two Egyptian statues as décor items and in due course, I became familiar with Egyptian deities and their fascinating stories. Each deity or god played an important part in the life of ancient Egyptians. In fact, I have decided to collect a figurine of each Egyptian god. Who knows what energy will be unleashed when all the ancient gods are placed inside a model pyramid? Just kidding! But if you are a budding Egyptologist like me or would love an Egyptian themed interior décor plan, you have well have some of these figurines. Apart from being great decorative items, they also lend a mystic air to the surroundings.
What Are You Looking For?
If you are just looking for any Egyptian piece of sculpture, I would suggest getting a Sphinx figurine or a sculpture of the death mask of Tutankhamen. These two are the most widely known relics of ancient Egypt. They are easily identifiable and very popular. However, if you are interested in a proper Egyptian themed room, say your very own Egyptian themed living room, bedroom or even your bath, you should look at the vast number of Egyptian gods and goddesses.
And the best part is, all the gods and goddesses are interrelated to each other. Each god has his own story and one idea to decorate your room is to arrange the statues or figurines in a manner which will depict an ancient Egyptian lore! You can arrange two rival gods in a fighting position, or two gods and their children together. You can also arrange Anubis, the god of mummification and Osiris, god of afterlife together with Tutankhamen's death mask. You can even place some canopic jars with the figure of a mummy.
Your decorative pieces need not be mere figurines. Arrange them in a way which tells a compelling story. Make them more meaningful.
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Osiris : The Merciful
The God of afterlife, Osiris was said to be a merciful judge of the dead. But he was more than that. He , according to ancient Egyptians was the force that granted all life and sustained the fertility of the river Nile. One of the foremost gods, he was the brother and husband of Isis, a powerful mother goddess and the father of Horus, the god of war. Osiris carries the crook and flail, the symbol of divine authority
He was murdered by his brother Set for his throne. But his wife Isis managed to resurrect him for a short time during which she got pregnant and later gave birth to Horus, their son. Due to this, Osiris is often identified with reincarnation and fertility.
Mother of Horus, the god of war, Isis was a powerful goddess. He is the patron goddess of nature and magic. The name "Isis" means throne. True to her name, hear headdress is in the shape of a throne and hence she is the representation of the Egyptian king's (Pharaoh's) power. When Set murdered her husband Osiris and flung his remains throughout earth, it was she who used magic to resurrect her husband. She is also the goddess who protects the dead.
An interesting story tells how Isis tricked another god Ra to reveal his "secret name". She caused a snake to bite Ra and the only cure for it was held by her! Knowing the secret of another God gave power to the one who knew it over him, and Isis used the "secret name " of Ra in many of her incantations. She is sometimes depicted with outstretched wings on coffins, thereby earning the name "protector against evil".
One of the most significant gods, he was the god of warfare and protection. He was popularly depicted as a falcon, or as a man with a falcon head. It was said that the sun was his left eye and the moon was his right. When he flew across the sky as a falcon, the sun and the moon traversed the sky. There is an interesting theory about why the moon looks less bright! During a battle with Set, his father's killer, Horus lost his right eye, which was the moon!
There are a number of stories telling of battles between Set and Horus. In fact, their fight for supremacy dragged on over 80 years! The deciding factor was a boat race, where both raced in boats made of stone. However, Horus' boat was only painted too resemble a stone, it was in fact made of wood. Needless to say he won and Set finally and officially accepted defeat. Horus was the god of Lower Egypt and Set of Upper Egypt. Hence the fight between Horus and Set is also the story of Egypt's unification.
The lord of darkness and chaos. While he was vilified by early Egyptians for killing his brother, he was later raised to the position of chirf god by the Hyksos invaders. Though the invaders were repelled later, the practice continued and in time, some kings were named after him, like the famous Seti I which meant man of Set and Setnakht.
However, as Set was chiefly worshiped by foreigners, he later became to be associated with oppression. That and the fact that he killed his own brother made him an easy target of vilification.
Anubis , the god associated with mummification and afterlife is the son of Set. He is portrayed as a half human and half jackal.The most important presence of Anubis is during the weighing of the heart of the departed, where the fate of souls is decided by weighing their heart against an ostrich feather.
Anubis Treasure Box
This collectible treasure box made of resin is of great quality. The body of the box is superbly designed and the Anubis figure on the lid gives it an antique feeling.
Sekhmet was the goddess of healing. And also warfare. Often depicted as a lioness, or as a woman with a lion head dressed in red, she was the protector of pharaohs and led their war efforts. It is said that the desert was created by her breath. Sekhmet is also associated with Ra, the sun god and she bears the solar disk on hear headdress. She was a fierce huntress and warrior, and ancient Egyptians would hold ceremonies after a war to pacify her and to signify that all the destruction due to war have come to an end.
A goddess not to be taken lightly, she once almost destroyed mankind before her wrath was stopped by he drunkenness.
Would you have imagined something will be called a holy beetle! Well, apparently Egyptians did. Scarabs were popular amulets among ancient Egyptiand and were modeled on the dun beetle. Why? Hear this. The sun god Ra rolls across the sky each day and sustains life. The Egyptians found similarity in the way the dung beetle rolls dung into a ball for eating and laying eggs which become larvae, and the scarab was deemed the earthly symbol of this heavenly life cycle. They became very popular and were used in almost every aspect of life - as gifts, as decorative items, jewelry, amulets, talismans and even as grave goods.
Sometimes they were even used for sealing goods. When used for this purpose, they often contained the name and title of officials. Special scarab figurines were commissioned to celebrate royal marriage, war victories and any other occasion which caught the fancy of the Pharaohs!
Gold Heart Scarab
Sphinx was a mythical creature with the body of a lion and the head of a man. It is believed that the Sphinx was closely related to Sekhmet, who is often depicted as a lioness. To show their closeness with this powerful goddess, Pharaohs started having their face carved in Sphinx statues. Sphinxes usually act as guardians, of temples, burial places and pyramids.
The Sphinx has been revered by Egyptians throughout their history. In fact there is a popular legend how Thutmose, who later went on to build many important monuments for the Karnak temple, became Pharaoh. Once, while hunting in the forest, he fell asleep. The Sphinx appeared on his dream and said that if he cleared away the sand from the Sphinx statue which was buried neck deep, he would be made Pharaoh. He did as was told and later became Pharaoh. A notable fact is that his reign was not very long and he died of a wasting illness as was evident from his mummy. A curse maybe?
The Mummified Head of Thutmose 4
An integral part of the mummification process, canopic jars contained the internal organs of the dead who were being mummified. Rich people used canopic jars carved out of limestone while the poor used canopic jars made of pottery. There were always 4 canopic jars accompanying a mummy, each holding a specific organ. The lids of the jars were designed to resemble the gods who would be protecting that particular organ. Each god was in turn protected by another god or goddess. Talk about being double sure about afterlife!
The internal organs that were placed in the jars were the stomach, lungs, liver and the intestines. Egyptians did not value the brain much as they thought the heart was the seat of all human activities. With time, canopic jars were only symbolically used as advanced mummification techniques allowed mummification without removing the internal organs.
Nefertiti, famous Egyptian queen who introduced monotheism in Egypt, is an Enigma. While it is clear that during her lifetime, she was adored and celebrated as a goddess, what is surprising is her complete and sudden disappearance. Suddenly, she was no longer mentioned in the royal family records. Unlike other queens, no record of her death survives. No monument has been erected in her name and neither has her body been found. A mysterious end of a beautiful and influential woman ruler, she still poses a challenge to those who want to unravel the mystery surrounding her.
Nefertiti: Unlocking the Mystery
A wonderfully written book which takes back the reader to the heady days of religious revolution in ancient Egypt. Read about Nefertiti's meteoric rise and tragic end. Was her body destroyed to deny her eternal life?
Thoth : The God Of Knowledge
The god of wisdom was depicted as a man with the head of an Ibis and sometimes a baboon. He was an important god who carried the Ankh(the key of Nile symbolizing life) in one hand and a wand of power in another. He was tasked with maintaining the universe and mediating between the disputes of gods. He was also said to be the inventor of writing, science and magic. He was the patron of all scribes and in fact it was he who wrote the famous "Book Of The Dead".
Also expert in medical science, He helped Isis resurrect her Dead husband. He also mediated the fight between Horus and Set. Thoth was the ultimate peacemaker and diplomat among the Egyptian gods.
Collectible Pyramid And Obeslik Figurines
Hathor was a feminine goddess who represented motherhood. One of the most popular deities, her main role was to welcome the dead into their afterlife. She was also associated with music , dance, festivals and overall celebrations. She was the patron goddess of miners. She wore the sun disk on her headdress and carried the Ankh. On unusual fact about her is that she was one of the few deities whose priests were both men and women. As the goddess of art and music, her worship rituals were grand spectacles which ere works of art.
Cleopetra or Cleopatra needs no mention whatsoever. A legendary beauty, she considered herself the reincarnation of the goddess Isis.
The Egyptian sun god Ra was the creator of all life forms. It was said each life form had its own secret name and Ra brought them to life by speaking their secret names. Another legend says humans were created from Ra's tears and sweat. Ra is a very temperamental god. Once he was sulking and nothing could get him out of his foul mood. At last, the goddess Hathor ahd to dance in front of hi to make him laugh.
Bastet : The Cat Goddess
The cat was a sacred animal for Egyptians. So much so, this gentle protective goddess was given a cat head. One of the daughters of the Sun god, she was initially portrayed as a lioness. Probably because of this, she is a goddess with a sort of a split personality. On one hand she was gentle, docile and the protector of homes, on the other hand, she was aggressive towards her enemies.