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Anubis, god of Ancient Egypt

 

Wildlife art of ancient Egypt project

Ancient Egypt provides a wealth of artworks and has provided some of the most enjoyable experiences in my art career. My latest venture is to illustrate a research project investigating the wildlife species depicted in Ancient Egypt. In 2008 I spent six weeks in Egypt with a team of researchers, led by ornitho-egyptologist John Wyatt.

Here's an article about my Ancient Egypt project in Cotswold Essence magazine.

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"...it was one of the most delightful, interesting and very informative lectures we have had. It certainly will encourage us to look more closely
at the tomb inscriptions and decoration with deeper interest and understanding, thus making the experience more rewarding"

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Watercolour painting of Egyptian Vultures
Abydos hieroglyphs
Egyptian Vultures

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Watercolour painting of Abydos hieroglyphs
Abydos hieroglyphs
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Watercolour painting of Saqqara hieroglyphs Watercolour painting of Black-headed Plover Watercolour painting of Dorcas Gazelles Watercolour painting of Dancing Cranes
Saqqara hieroglyphs

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Black-headed Plover

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Dorcas Gazelles

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Dancing cranes

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We visited museums and historic sites depicting art in ancient Egypt from Alexandria to Abu Simbel. We were looking at wildlife art and hieroglyphs from Predynastic to Roman times. Particular highlights included:

  • Seeing the real "Geese of Meidum" at Cairo museum
  • Tombs of Ti and Ptahhotep at Saqqara
  • Tombs of the nobles at Beni Hassan and Luxor
  • Abydos hieroglyphs
  • The White Chapel in Karnak
  • The Valley of the Kings
Watercolour painting of Owls of Ancient Egypt
Owls of Ancient Egypt
Owls of Ancient Egypt

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Watercolour painting of Quailchick from Tutankhamun's tomb
Quailchick from Tutankhamun's tomb
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Watercolour painting of Oryx Jar Watercolour painting of Goose of Meidum Watercolour painting of Northern Lapwing Acrylics painting of Addax
Oryx Jar
 

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Goose of Meidum
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Northern Lapwing
 
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Addax

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My role is to make as accurate as possible representations of the art when a photographic image is not possible. Later we can use the resulting paintings for study and identification of the wildlife species depicted. Our knowledge of birds has allowed us to question some of the established thinking on the wildlife art of Ancient Egypt. So far we've looked at all kinds of wildlife artwork: paintings, carvings, hieroglyphs, objects, ostraca, and papyrus, and are also checking bone and mummy records. The results will be published as A Guide to the Birds of Ancient Egypt, with further publications planned for the future.

When trying to identify wildlife species from the art there are a number of variables to consider, such as:

  • Quality of workmanship and materials
  • Date of work, and therefore the colours/techniques available
  • Damage, either natural or deliberate
  • Other occurrences of that species
  • Context
  • Habitat

In addition I'm producing paintings from Egyptian works that inspire me personally, and investigating the art techniques and materials used.
I plan to make a painting using authentic as possible pigments and materials.

Watercolour painting of Aswan hieroglyphs
Aswan Hieroglyphs

Watercolour painting of Wigeon
Wigeon
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Watercolour painting of Antelopes Watercolour painting of Gallinule Watercolour painting of Nile Crocodile Watercolour painting of Gazelle Bottle

Antelopes
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Gallinule Nile Crocodile
Original £1,380
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Gazelle Bottle
Original £470

Read my blog posts about Ancient Egypt.

Please contact me if you would like updates as the project progresses.

 

 

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