Discovered over 5000 years ago by the Ancient Egyptians, the papyrus plant proved to be one of their most useful discoveries ever. Found on the banks in the famous River Nile Valley, the plant’s stem was stripped and pressed to form one of the earliest and longest lasting forms of “paper”.
Today, Egyptian craftspeople follow in the path of their ancient ancestors, following every procedure, step by step, to give you the same writing surface used by the Royal Pharaohs over 5000 years ago. Each piece contains a hand painted Ancient Egyptian scene, depicting a famous Ancient Egyptian royal figure or event.
The sacred beetle was an image of self-creation, since the Egyptians believed that the beetle came into being of itself from a ball of dung, which in reality only serves to protect the eggs and larvae. Thus the anthracite-coloured dung beetle was worshipped under the name khepri; “he who came forth from the earth”. He was already equated in early times with the creator god Atum and was regarded as a form of the sun god. The beetle pushes a ball of dung before it; therefore, it was thought that Khepri rolled the solar ball across the sky. The sun beetle, giving light and warmth, became a popular amulet in steatite or faience and was placed with the deceased in the tomb as a symbol of new life.