Sunday, January 22, 2017
New art of Amaunet, the ancient Egyptian Goddess of air or hidden power. Her name means 'the Invisible One' or 'the Hidden One', and She is one of the eight Deities of the Hermopolitan Ogdoad credited with creating the world out of the primeval ocean. In one version, anyway, of the Egyptian creation myth; there were several competing tales, of course. The Hermopolitan Ogdoad were four male-female pairs of Deities; Amaunet's consort was Amun. The Goddesses of the Ogdoad were generally depicted with the heads of snakes, while the Gods were shown with frogs' heads; both animals were considered primeval. I have given Her a snaky body here; She is meant to be half-hidden in the depths of the ocean.
The original is quite small, only two by four inches; it's in colored India inks using white gouache as a resist, a tricky medium I've been experimenting with over on my Patreon. I was going for an Art Deco feel, but I'm not sure I quite got there, ha.