Music Feeds the Soul

     Ink pen and colored pencil on acid free paper, 17.8 x 25.3 cm (7 x 10 in.),
     spiral rings removed after the scan, and neatened up a bit digitally:

I was quite amused with the depiction of Amen-Nestawy-Nakht's ba in henu pose. This detail of his 22nd Dynasty mummy case was photographed by Anneke Bart and is at the St Louis museum.


The jubilation pose is called 'henu'
(This illustration Wilkinson, _Reading Egyptian Art_)

I also used the hand details from the soul of Nekhen at the Met Museum to better clarify.

As I drew this, I couldn't help think that the flower offering for Amen-Nestawy-Nakht looked a bit like the old phonograph players, with their flower-like horns. Furthermore, to me the 'henu' pose of rejoicing has always looks a bit like dancing. Perhaps this gesture was used in religious dancing, for celebrations and the like.

Having neatened up the original scan, I then played with an 8x10 format, just because I could:


Here the henu looks a bit like 'air guitar', :)!