Posted on 2024-01-27
Dick Martin Dick Martin
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Khnum - Ram Headed Ancient Egyptian God - Ceramic Sculpture

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  • £100.00
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Khnum was regarded as the god and guardian of the source of the Nile River. He was seen as the creator of the bodies of children, which he made at a potter's wheel, from clay, and placed in their mothers' wombs. Later he was described as having moulded the other deities, and had the title "Divine Potter".

The Ancient Egyptians worshipped a large number of gods going back into pre-history. Their beliefs and rituals formed the base of ancient Egyptian religion and were a part of all aspects of daily life. They had their own temples and the Pharaoh was seen as their representative. Many deities were personified as animal gods and often depicted in human form with animal heads.

I have always been fascinated by the history, Myths and Legends shown in the Art and traditions of Ancient Egypt. There are many ancient Egyptian animal god sculptures in the British Museum in London that are wonderful to see. They suggest endless opportunities for creativity.

The sculptures are made with a direct honesty to the nature of the material. Clay is a wonderful material that can be pulled, squashed, shaped and squeezed. It takes an impression like no other material and, being a basic "earth" material, it is a joy to work with. Natural and manufactured objects are used to make impressions and produce strong textures. The work shows the way as it progresses into a finished piece. The hand becomes as important as the eye and the mind.

The nature of the clay and the design means there are lumps and bumps and various marks. This rugged affect is all part of the charm of the work.

I use white stoneware clay and make using slab, carving and coil building techniques. The work is then fired twice in an electric kiln the second firing between 1100 and 1200c. Decorated with oxides, engobes and glazes.

Lovely to hold – they have a great “feel” about them.

Each piece is hand built and unique. Suitable for interior and exterior locations.

Signed underneath with signature stamp. Certificate of Authenticity included.

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  • Ceramic


9 x 23 x 8 cm


  • Impressionistic


  • Animals and Birds