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The festival Barque of Hathor part two


Hathor’s ceremonial barque and the canal boat

I’m building Hathor’s ceremonial barque and the canal boat that will carry it. I’ve been researching these objects for many years – the above slide show shows the development in stages.

The festival Barque of Hathor part two
Hathor and Horus at Dendara temple

Hathor was the daughter of Ra and the patron goddess of women, love, beauty, pleasure, and music. She is depicted in three forms; as a cow, as a woman with the ears of a cow, and as a woman wearing the headdress of a cow’s horns. In this last manifestation, she holds the solar disc between her horns. She was the consort of Horus,

There was a dark side to Hathor. It was believed that Ra sent her to punish the human race for its wickedness, but Hathor wreaked such bloody havoc on earth that Ra was horrified. He tricked her by preparing vast quantities of beer mixed with mandrake and the blood of the slain. Murdering mankind was thirsty work, and when Hathor drank the beer she became so intoxicated that she could not continue her slaughter.

The festival Barque of Hathor part two

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Hathor part five
Hathor part four
Hathor part three

Hathor part one


Vexed

VexedI’ve also been working on mobile game called Vexed, with my friend Simon Booth. I made the graphics – six themes including Egyptian, Mayan, Celtic and Chinese. It’s free with some ads. Each puzzle consists of a grid of blocks, walls and blank spaces. The goal is to remove all the blocks to progress to the next level.

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The festival of Divine Union of the goddess Hathor and Horus


It’s been more than a year since I made a temple reconstruction. I’ve been busy with my two kids. (By the way my ten year old son extracted the cost of a graphics card out of me after Christmas by beating me in an archery competition watch the video here)

The festival of Divine Union of the goddess Hathor and Horus is something I’ve written about in the past and would like to illustrate. The statue of Hathor would travel from Dendara to the temple of Horus at Edfu, a distance of 106 miles before the festival kicked off. On the way she would stop off at towns and villages and her sacred barque, containing her statue, would have rested within a local barque station over night.

Blessing would have been bestowed on the local community and there would have been a welcoming by the people and a celebration.

So I imagine a river boat transporting the sacred barque containing the statue, obviously with an entourage from the temple. Each day the flotilla would divert along some local canal to a town anchorage where a small chapel would stand. Over night the sacred barque would be taken from the boat to rest in this building.

The moment of arrival is going to be the subject of this reconstruction. I usually start with a rough sketch of the basic idea, and then build all the different elements from that sketch. You don’t usually see this bit – I normally just show the finished reconstruction. So here we go – this might take a few months.

The festival of Divine Union of the goddess Hathor and Horus

Now I have made a barque station before so rather than re-invent the wheel, I’ll adapt one of my old models – that should speed things up a bit. But I’ll have to make the houses, dock side, the people, the boat, landscape, water, plants and trees and pretty much everything else. So I’ll get back to you in about a week so you can see how far I’ve got.

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Hathor part five
Hathor part four
Hathor part three
Hathor part two

Egyptian Wood Female Figure 2500-2055 BC


A 71 cm high, commissioned by a woman

Members of the elite had themselves represented in wood or stone statues which would be placed in their tombs as receptacles for the soul.

In the 20th century, this figure belonged to the Dutch artist Johannes Anton ‘John’Rädecker (1885-1956), whose expressionist style was influenced by ancient sculpture.
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Egypt’s Great Pyramid the new evidence


Egypt’s Great Pyramid The New Evidence has revealed that the Great Pyramid of Khufu was built using a complicated system of waterways.

Egypt’s Great Pyramid the new evidence

Thousands of workers transported 170,000 tonnes of limestone in wooden boats along the Nile River. Each 2.5-tonne block was ferried through specially built canals into an inland port at the foot of the Great Pyramid.

The discovery of an ancient papyrus diary, written by an overseer named Merer, is a first-hand record of how the pyramid was built.

Merer describes, in detail, how the limestone blocks were moved from the quarry in Tura to Giza in boats. This together with the unearthing of a lost waterway beneath the Giza plateau and the finding of a ceremonial boat, now strongly suggests that thousands of labourers transported the building blocks of the pyramid along the Nile River Nile, then through canals to the construction site.