Sunday, November 8, 2015
Hathor with Menat and Sistrum
5:18 pm

My trace from a photo in _Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom_, page 103:
Relief of the Goddess Hathor
Limestone, Height 63 cm, (24 in)
Twelfth Dynasty, reign of Amenemhat III (ca. 1859-1813 BCE)
Lisht North; Institut Français d'Archéologie Oriental excavations, 1894-96
Louvre #E 14327

"The inscriptions commemmorate the rites that took place on the occasion of King Amenemhat III's Sed festival, or thirty years jubilee, which was commemmorated or marked at the tomb of his ancestor Amenemhat I at Lisht North. Hathor offers her blessings in return for the king's devotion to her cult at Tepihu (modern Atfih), located 19 kilometers south of Lisht, on the east bank of the Nile. The inscription provides rare evidence that a temple was erected at that site in the Middle Kingdom. The presentation of a menat also appears on another stela in this volume (cat 193), in which the detailed relief exhibits the same suppleness and the object is decorated with a multitude of individually rendered beads. The two symbols on this relief, the musical sistrum and the menat, were intended to procure joy and rebirth for Amenemhat III, purposes that account for their association with goddesses, such as Hathor, who were related to the life cycle and birth." (Elizabeth Delange, curator of the Egyptian department at the Louvre, _Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom_, page 103)

My trace inspired me to make my own rendition of this:

     "Sharpie Pen" on acid free paper, 17.8 x 25.3 cm (7 x 10 in.)

I hope to color this soon!

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Colorful Hathor with Menat and Sistrum
9:40 pm

"Sharpie Pen" and colored pencil on acid free paper, 17.8 x 25.3 cm (7 x 10 in.)

Saturday, November 21, 2015
A Drawing Because I Couldn't Sleep

"Sharpie Pen" on 9x12 inch bristol board...

Yes, we can definitely see what inspired this singer with a huge sistrum! Also, the Craft in America: Music program had a little influence. The beautifully detailed musical instruments got me putting details on the sistrum. Perhaps the little arrows suggest a flow of energy?

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