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The festival Barque of Hathor part three – I’ve been working on the background scene over the past few weeks – building the canal, harbour and vegetation elements.
I’ve reused a barque temple that I made some years ago for a book called Egypt World and made some changes to make it more relevant to this scene (see below).
I now need to put some town houses in the background and again I don’t have to remake these from scratch because I’ve built them before (see below)
After these tasks are finished I will populate the scene with people and that will be a big job – I’ll keep you updated with progress.
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.
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.
I’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.
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.
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.