Friday, April 4, 2014
"Reflection of Venus"

I'd been meaning to photograph Venus and Her Reflection, and finally the Photo Friday theme of "Reflection" gave me a nudge.

Saturday, April 5, 2014 A
"Intuitive Drawing: Receiving the Offerings"

Pen and ink ("Sharpie" pen) on bristol board, 11x14 inch, but cropped here to 8x10...

(Note of April 10, 2014)
After I "received" this drawing, I wondered at the solar implications. Was the recipient of the offerings a Netjer or one of the Akhu? I was inclining to think the solar disc suggested a Netjer, but I read something last night that suggests this could be either:

"The akh was regarded as the personification of the deceased in his or her entirety, in a transfigured state that was able to communicate and interact with the living. Addressing the deceased as akh iqer en Ra ('the excellent or able spirit of Ra') indicated their revered status ." The "excellent or able spirit of Ra", fascinating!

From "Feasts for the Dead and Ancestor Veneration in Egyptian Tradition", by Miriam Muller, in _In Remembrance of Me: Feasting with the Dead in the Ancient Middle East_, edited by Virginia Rimmer Herrmann and J. David Schloen, Oriental Institute Museum Publications 37, page 86, published in conjunction with the exhibition running April 8, 2014 to January 4, 2015.

Saturday, April 5, 2014 B
"Seti I and Hathor - Line Drawing"

Ink pen on acid free paper, 17.8 x 25.3 cm (7 x 10 in.), Tomorrow, I hope to color this...

I used photos of Seti I and Hathor at his temple at Abydos as a model.

Sunday, April 6, 2014
"Colorful Seti I and Hathor"

Thursday, April 10, 2014
"Two People Named After the God Set"

I read with fascination the exhibition catalog for "Feasts for the Dead and Ancestor Veneration in Egyptian Tradition", which is now currently at Chicago's Oriental Museum. Through this publication, I've learned the Akhu were referred to as "excellent or able spirit of Ra", casting light on a recent drawing. The author of the article, Miriam Muller, referred to a piece in the museum's holdings, OIM E14287, in which "a man named Sethmose [] offers to his brother, the akh Nakht." (page 131)

I also learned one of Ramsesses II's son's had been named after Set, Sethemwia. Joyce Tyldesley, in Ramesses: Egypt's Greatest Pharoah, mentions "Some time around Year 21 a minor rebellion was crushed by an Egyptian army whose leaders included the royal princes Sethemwia (8th son) and and Merenptah (13th son)":

Setemwia is featured on a stele at Tanis (at the left), shared by Majed Hassieb.

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