Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Then when some money we'd been hoping for came in, I decided to have the sketches made into a statue. I knew just what sculptor to use, for I'd seen Shefyt's statues, seen also on Lena Toritch's website. Shefyt's beautiful Bast arrived while I was still waiting for my statue. (Here's more info about the sculptor, who was trained at St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts in Russia.)
"A Statue Comes into Being!"
It began with an idea and sketches:
"Set, Great of Magic"
This view of the mold shows form
This lighting shows hieroglyph carving, this side has Set (Sutekh), Great of Magic (Heka).
Then at last I saw the foundry photos and was thrilled.
And here you see the lovely statue in my home!
Other side... (Inscription = "Set, Son of Nut")
Three quarters view, I got that little scarab at the Two Rivers Renaissance Fair back in February
Back view... (Inscription = "Set, Great of Strength")
And here's my statue from a distance. Rest of Khnum here...
I have a more concise (and printable) version of this statue's creation, as well.
(Why the iron 'Chinese' dragon? Iron has associations with Set, for meteoritic iron is called the "Bones of Set":
Thursday, May 22, 2014
"Set Statue by Early Morning Sun"
And here is the scene enhanced by early morning sun streaming through the window!
"the metal which came forth from Seth" is "bj3 - meteoric iron"
(Source, Ann Macy Roth "Opening of the Mouth Ceremony")
Also, to me, the Chinese dragon shares commonalities with Set, for the fierce, relentless energy. Not only that, the dragon has serpentine characteristics, and for me, this juxtaposition is serving to represent "the uraeus which proceeded from Seth" (Utterance 570 of the Pyramid Texts, Pepi I: Vestibule, West and East Walls: _The Literature of Ancient Egypt_, edited by William K. Simpson, pages 260-261)
And why is there a statue of Shiva and Parvati in this sacred space? Okay, this is a bit of a stretch, pure "UPG", but Set has claimed all my statues of Shiva, so for me it represents Set with Astarte, or Nephthys, his usual consorts.)