Saturday, April 14, 2018
New Beauties!

I've gotten inspired! One of my favorite Kemetic artists has opened a new shop! I of course sent for some new meaningful pretties:

Tawonshet's Wepwawet coin w/hole in bronze with a golden patina; feather of Ma'at in polished brass, and 'Merenptah' Wepwawet Coin w/hole in the gold patina bronze

Meanwhile, I wondered what I could do with the Shapeways technology. I got myself together a round featuring Djehuty (Thoth):

I uploaded this design into their creator apps. I was quite dismayed that it didn't look like I'd hoped. I was either only going to get stringy thin lines or a square solid thing, but square! I couldn't make it even round! So I decided to attempt this design in a less high tech medium. (It's just a five inch round clay pancake at present...)

Meanwhile, eventually I began to understand the limitations of the Shapeways apps. Anything more sophisticated than positive/negative design (such as what can be laser cut), takes a special 3D program. A complicated 3D program. To get a decent one, that could actually be gradually learned, no doubt takes a costly program.

Meanwhile, simple positive/negative design? I've done that with happy success!

I got thinking. I saw a piece via the Met museum website, Motto Clasp of Sithathoryunet, and I had a fair idea I might be able to play with this.

Reign of Senwosret II–Amenemhat III, Dynasty 12, Middle Kingdom, ca. 1887–1813 B.C.E.
From Egypt, Fayum Entrance Area, Lahun, Tomb of Sithathoryunet (BSA Tomb 8), Chamber E, box 4, BSAE excavations 1914
Gold, carnelian, paste; H. 2.3 × W. 1.9 cm (7/8 × 3/4 in.)
Rogers Fund and Henry Walters Gift, 1916, Met Museum #16.1.18
(Museum photo)

So what is the "Motto" of Sithathoryunet's clasp? Her name means “daughter of Hathor of Dendera”. So her spiritual parent was Hathor. Her earthly parents were king and queen, possibly Senwosret II. The king would want the greatest protection for his daughter, so he wanted to provide her with protective amulets. This amulet says "Neb-Sau-Ankh", which means "full of protection and life".

To render this into flat positive/negative design requires simplification. I wanted to suggest the basket weaving of the "neb" glyph. I got a simpler version for a small size and a more complicated version for a 4x5 inch version.

The render for the larger one, which hasn't arrived yet.

The smaller one has arrived! (4.30 x 5.54cm (1.69 x 2.18 in.))

I am happy!!!!

Saturday, April 28, 2018
Full of Life and Protection - Photos!

I have four different types of this amulet inspired by the Motto Clasp of Sithathoryunet:

Biggest, 10.2 x 12.7 x .49cm, in gold steel

Medium, 4.30 x 5.54cm, in polished brass
It could serve as a very large, rather heavy pendant.

Pendant size, 3.3 x 4.2 x .27 cm, in stainless steel
Very durable, and works well in many types of metal

A more lightweight pendant size, 3.2 x 3.9 x .24 cm, in polished silver.

At first, I was puzzled as how this design would work as a pendant. But the chain goes very nicely through the sau loops, as seen in photo above.

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