During my research trips to Egypt I came across stunning images of animals on the walls of tombs and temples. It was these images that inspired my Art Reach programmes in schools and Pharaohnic Fauna.
Protective Mother Hippopotamus with young. Old Kingdom tomb painting from Tombs of Meir at al Quissiya in Middle Egypt.
Wall painting. Tomb of Inherkha at Thebes. Sacred Scarab or Dung Beetle.
The Scarab was associated with the morning sun-god, Khepri.
Wall painting. Tomb of Inherkha at Thebes. Long Eared Cat associated with the sun-god Re or actually representing Re cutting off the head of his arch enemy Apep, the Apophis snake.
The Jackal-headed mortuary god Anubis or Epuat god of Death in a procession of gods painted on the tomb wall.
Various gods including Khepri, morning sun-god with the Scarab head; Thoth, god of wisdom, scribes and writing and the moon and Isis in sky barque.
Jackals on the wall of Inherkha's tomb at Thebes.
The god Thoth represented as an Ibis. Goddess Maat who represented Truth, balance and order is sitting on the scales. Abydos
The ancient Egyptians believed that the soul had 3 parts; the Ba, Ka and Akh. The Ba could travel between worlds. Painting from Thebes.
Aker, the Lion of tomorrow is on the left and yesterday on the right. A Guardian of the Horizon and an earth god.