Redmond, Washington:: Mari Eckstein Gower,, 2015.. Edition of 15. Set of pamphlets and a book wrapped in cloth with tie closure. Inkjet printed on Superfine cover and Canson Mi-Teintes. Book: 10.75 x 4.6" closed, 12 pages; accordion fold; boards covered in gold leaf Lama-li papers; signed and numbered by the artist. "Vessel from the Place of Truth" pamphlet: 4.5 x 11", 10 pages; signed and numbered by the artist. Four pamphlets (one for each of the four sons of Horus): 4.5 x 11"; 4 pages. Pamphlets bound in brown paper wraps with image of each god on respective covers. Wrapped books laid in cloth covered clamshell box with scarab medallion on cover. Mari Eckstein Gower: "I've been interested in Egyptian art since childhood. I remember seeing the magnificent golden image of King Tut and pouring through books to look at the photos of strange animal-headed gods, lavish gold jewelry, and (of course!) mummies. I dearly wanted to grow up to be an archaeologist and uncover the secrets of the tombs. "I never did become an archaeologist. But I still love pouring over books on the subject. I find one of the most interesting aspects is the ancient Egyptian burial beliefs and practices. In college I studied the Book of the Dead for one of my humanities projects. (I think some of the incantations read like poetry.) If possible, I try to attend any exhibit of Egyptian artifacts. A few years ago I attended an exhibition where rooms were set up like the interior of a tomb with a replica of the entire journey of the sun god through the Amduat (the Egyptian netherworld) painted on the walls. "Vessel from the Place of Truth": "Across from the grand pyramids of the Valley of Kings, is an area called the 'Place of Truth'. This Is where tombs of the artisans, scribes and overseers responsible for constructing those pyramids lie buried. I've drawn inspiration from the tombs of that region to create my own imaginings of an Egyptian scribe's work. In the 'mummy' book, I have my imaginary scribe conveying information from 'The Book of the Dead' and the 'Hymn to Osiris' to create a long narrative, intended to help the deceased with his/her journey beside the sun god through the trials of the Amduat. "The four 'canopic jars' represent the containers for deceased's viscera, which would always accompany a mummy. Each of my 'jars' contains a page interpreting the organ's function, and a second page with my reimagining of a page of papyrus laid out with words and images from texts such as 'The Book of the Dead.'
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