The third Lessons Series project is Lessons from the Pharaoh’s Tomb Part Two. Because ancient Egyptian history is so vast, the amount of material could be endless. All pigments used were from antiquity exactly like the Part One project. I was so profoundly captured by the people and myths that a second collection was a given. It was a complete joy to re-visit many of the same stories and to research new ones too.
The Festival of Opet is one of the most magnificent events that took place each year in ancient Egypt. In Thebes, present day Luxor, the Pharaoh and his queen led a procession of one and half miles from Luxor Temple to Karnak with offerings to the gods to ensure rejuvenation and rebirth of the Pharaoh’s powers. A sheer magnitude of 80,000 people joined in the festivities including feasting, dancing, acrobatics, and music, all subjects included here in this painting bearing the name of the festival.