This is an amazing piece of hand wrought artwork from the 1920's. A large Art Deco applique tapestry portiere done in the Egyptian Revival style. Featuring a handsome Pharoah and his Queen. The colors are dynamic. Earthtones: terracotta, golds, and black appliques on a creamy ground of a nice quality of cotton/linen. This style is indicative of the Art Deco movement which borrowed from Egyptian themes. There is some fascinating symbolism here with the presentation of the lotus flower (or blue water lily) from the queen to the king..From what I have been able to decipher.. being an Art Historian :0).. The woman is possibly Nekhbet, the protectress of Upper Egypt. She is handing the flowers to the king which also represents Upper Egypt, so he is probably about to go into battle to protect that area. There is also a scarab beetle for rebirth or creation. The vulture flying overhead who is also holding a lotus. The queens headdress is very intricate with two feathers, a scarab in shen (creation and eternity) and snake all set above the vulture feathers. The king or pharoah is carrying a flail and crook (royalty and dominion) as well as wearing the blue crown (hprs or Khepresh ) which is also referred to as a war crown and was worn by both kings and gods. Second Intermediate period (1759 - 1539 BC) . This is a MAGNIFICENT piece of original handwork from the 1920's. These have been reproduced over the years in inferior fabrics, but this is the REAL THING. Most likely French in origin. It was placed in a cedar chest for over a half a century and as such, it is in amazing condition. The colors are vibrant and fresh. Painstakingly handstitched! It is a grand size measuring 35" by 86". You will not find another piece of Egyptian Revival artwork like this one. It is truly worthy of a museum and sure to be a prize for the collector of antique and unusual textiles.
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