I have always been attracted to tasteful Kemetic jewellery and owned various pieces over the years, many lost. These were mainly smaller objects such as rings and earrings. But a few years back I had a distinctive dream where I was wearing serious Kemetic bling – it was a large ankh on a chunky necklace. This sat in the back of my mind and inspired me to finally go ahead when I met the right craftsmen with the piece you see now. (This last sentence is actually the key to the whole thing and can not be overstated: the right craftsman)
However, that dream was not the origin of the project. Back in 2001 I made moves toward having a Netjeru pendant like this one made but it never eventuated (the jewellery guy was flaky and it was before everyone was using email making it harder to communicate ideas). You will be interested to know that at that time it was not Set but Heru that was to be the object between my pectoral cleavage! (I plan to have a Heru one made at a later date also).
and Anpu’s role in the project genesis Las Vegas
Last November I had my first trip to
. It stirred and changed me in ways I was unaware of at the time, although I knew certainly that being there was having an effect. I collected some beautiful statues and jewellery there (I was still subconsciously after the Kemetic bling I mentioned from the dream years before) but did not find the Netjer pendant I was after. I did find this beautiful Udjat that I love wearing also. This journey to Ancient Kemet was somehow a new beginning. Egypt
|I bought this piece in Cairo|
|I stayed at the Luxor, Las Vegas in 2004 and felt quite at home there; some things they did well, and others were not so tasteful; I liked this array of statues and the light setting too|
I can not be certain but I think I bought a metal statue of Anpu and some other Netjeru here (Khonsu was one and maybe Sekhmet another). They had great little shops in there where you could buy all kinds of Egyptian treasure and I know I bought this or another similar (which were gifts for my sister) from here.
When I first met Justin – the creator of my pendant – he asked for something that was as close to what I wanted as I could find. I presented him with this statue of Anpu from my Shrine.
The original Anpu statue would be transformed into my Set statue!
I came across Justin at his stall at the St. Kilda pier market one weekend earlier this year when my Aunty Chris was visiting from interstate. I would never have looked along these stalls unless she was over, so it was all quite synchronous.
I was taken aback by some of the beautiful pieces he had on display and bought this Udjat ring that I wear all the time. I asked if he did commissions and we began our sms dance working out what might be possible and what could evolve.
|My Udjat ring|
The key was finding a starting point, so I supplied him the Anpu statue (see above) and outlined my vision for how the piece would look. Below is a copy of the original info that I supplied him with.
|My original notes for the piece|
|Page 2 of my original notes|
From our conversations I know that Justin was particularly impressed by the images of Set from Seti I’s temple at
. He also found a statue at a museum in Abydos that was originally Set but had been changed to one representing Amun. He was particularly impressed by the grooves that lined the snout and thought this a distinguishing feature (on my pendant you can see and will agree it does add to the majesty of the piece). Germany
|Another view of the Set figure in wax|
The was staff had broken off in the process of the casting, but here was my first real confirmation that magick was being created. Justin had to recreate the Anpu statue in wax also before he set about crafting Set’s head.
|Showing the wax images made from the first castings; the head on the Set figure had to be crafted by hand by Justin|
A mold had to be created of the original Anpu statue.
I took this shot of the master sheet that Justin brought along to show me his process of arriving at the wax sculpture. Look at the map and behold the process of a master at work!
|The mold held up to the light|
Magick is created
It would be some months later that the silver cast of the wax rendering would be ready. Justin wanted to make sure I was happy with the work before he finished it completely.
When I arrived at his stall this is what greeted me!
|The pendant (pre-ring for my neck chain)|
The statue was presented to me without the neck chain ring and sans was staff. These details would be added after this consultation. The silver still needed to be adjusted, although I did like the blue hue that was evident on parts of the piece.
The piece was an early birthday present to myself.
It has its own energy.