Mojo Rising by Dana Lee

Ushabti

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Ushabti
Four-and-a-half inch, handmade, one-of-a-kind, Egyptian Ushabti. Sculpted of Sculpey III, polymer clay, she has Amethyst eyes, a Carnelian choker, and headpiece. I've been studying the ancient Egyptian Ushabti figures, so I tried to stay true, but she's a bit stylized. Ushabti figures have been found in Egyptian tombs, usually in canopic jars, and depicted men, women, and deities. They are mostly ceramic, but also carved in stone. I tried to mimic the glaze the Egyptians used on ceramics, by mixing old sap green acrylic with a heavy-duty, polyurethane varnish. I used three coats. Like the real thing, she is flat on the back, but glazed. If You want to display her standing-up, stick a piece of tack on her base, so she doesn't topple. Her headpiece is snake-like, and her eyes like the Great Eye of Ra. Rare Ushabti are inscribed with Hieroglyphics, so she is signed, Dana Lee, in Hieroglyphs. The Egyptians did use both Amethyst and Carnelian, (especially), but I have yet to come across a Ushabti figure set with stones. The Ushabti kept the mummies company in the after-life. $50 US, postage included.
Posted on March 10, 2013 Slideshow