The Lost Pyramid Documentary And A Forgotten Princess Of Egypt's 1st Intermediate Period
I watched the Lost Pyramid documentary for the 2nd time on a recent trip to Adelaide.
My sister Annie Chris records all things Ancient Egypt from the TV for whenever I come to visit. Though I had seen the show before, I watched it again as it is well made and presented, and the original viewing inspired a painting.
The show investigates the recent discovery of a new pyramid that belonged to the early Middle Kingdom, circa 3800 years ago, Dynasty 13. It appears to belong to Princess Hatshepsut. Her name gives us an interesting clue that this name was a thing before the better-known Pharaoh Queen who came later in the 18th dynasty.
Dr. Charles Muses: Discoverer Of The Pyramid Of King Ameny Qemau In 1958
A mentor of mine, Dr. Charles Muses, is indirectly associated with this find, and I wanted to point this out in my blog. Dr. Muses was an Egyptologist - among many other things - and discovered the pyramid that belongs to what is thought to be the father of the documentary princess, King Ameny Qemau. The pyramid was discovered in 1957 but not excavated until 1968. (The Wiki suggests why and I will let the reader figure that out).
Ameny Qemau is a little-known king and Muses’ findings helped shed some light on 13th dynasty succession as well as pyramid building in general.
Dr. Muses had a deep fascination and understanding of Ancient Egyptian soul anatomy and was creator of the LionPath, a subject I have written about in the blog earlier.
Something about seeing the princess's coffin made me have an unusual dream that night after I first saw the documentary.
Acrylic on wood panel
50cm x 40cm
This painting is a representation of that dream.
The scene takes place in a subterranean chamber below a cemetery that is part of a shopping centre complex. The "Westfield" cue is a prompting that cleverly lets me know I am involved with a Duat scenario.
The couple is being shown two pods for them to continue their metamorphosis in. These encasings were soft and pliable as evidenced by the demonstration my ka form is giving Mr and Mrs Smith (not their real names).
I have called them ootheca encasings after the foam cases that praying mantis's make to lay their eggs in: they harden and seal once the eggs are inside. The Netjer Abyt was a considerable focus for my spiritual life and paintings last year, and He is depicted in tihs work too.
The room is presided over by Ptah and Khnum, whilst the process undertaken is blessed / sanctioned by Set, Abyt and Djehuti.