Brian's Box

I painted this hexagonal box to house a gift for my friend Brian. As the gift was itself hightly esoteric and profound, I decided to surround it with timeless symbols of the mysteries of life
drawn from my avid interest in ancient cultures.

If you'd like to surround yourself wth the mysteries of life, or love, anything else,
decorative painting can be done on any wood surface.
By commission only. Prices according the the size and complexity of the job.
contact me at info@carolannnewsome.com for more information.

The gift? A Slinky, of course!



Persea Tree
Persea Tree

Ancient Egyptians believed immortality would be granted to the one who wrote his name on the back of10,000 Persea leaves. While the botanical name "persea" is associated with both the bay laurel and the avocado, it is not known for certain to which tree the Egyptians were referring.
Benu Bird
Benu Bird

This Egyptian precursor of the phoenix lived in the persea tree, which likely gave the persea its reputation for immortality. The benu bird created itself from fire which burned at the top of the sacred persea and was a symbol of the rising sun and resurrection.
Hippostyle Hall
Hippostyle Hall

My first encounter with a hippostyle hall was standing under an elevated portion of a highway at night in the Montrose area of Houston. There is something mysterious about being surrounded by an endless procession of columns. This style of achitecture graced many temples in Egypt and other areas of the Middle East.
Quetzecoatl
Quetzecoatl

While Questzecoatl was not Egyptian, there are those who believe correspondences between the sacred feathered serpent of the Maya and Buto, the winged cobra of Egypt, indicated that there was contact between the two cultures.
Lotus Flower
Lotus Flower

Lotus Flower
The lotus flower is another Egyptian symbol of rebirth. It is said that a great lotus came out of the primordal waters of creation.
Maat
Maat

The Egyptian goddess Maat was the personification of physical and moral law. She is often represented by a single ostrich feather. This same feather was used to weigh the hearts of the deceased at their recconing with the gods
Labyrinth Lid
Labyrinth Lid

A labyrinth is a symbol for an inner journey that has been part of religious and esoteric practices since prehistoric times. Some people believe it originated as a dance. Walking the labyrinth is a meditative practice that many find centers and increases focus. I created this one based on the five-pointed star and the Golden Mean. Click on the picture for a larger "finger-labyrinth" you can trace on your screen.


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