Collecting Masterpieces

ANCIENT EGYPT

The history of ancient Egypt began circa 5000 BC with two kingdoms: that of the North, which worshipped Horus, and that of the Nile Valley, which honoured the god Seth. As the North prevailed over the South in the 4th millennium towards 3200 BC, gods and goddesses began to take on, in the Egyptian imagination, human form. Thus this first, big, unified state in the history of mankind had discovered, well before the Bible was written, the existence of a unique and invisible God, whom the Pharaohs hastened to incarnate.

What is impressive about ancient Egyptian art is the impression of order that emanates from it – those clear, precise silhouettes, without any perspective, drawn with solid colours.

What is also fascinating is the hieroglyphic writing that was, until the discovery of the Rosetta Stone, an enigma to all. Moreover, this writing is so beautiful it was widely used as ornamentation in architecture and as a message during funerary rituals. Egyptian tombs in fact, abundantly offer up amulets often representing animals and symbols of divinities.

Finally, this art would not be what it is if we disregard the symbolic force that the Egyptians attributed to colours. “The Black Land” called kemet, probably because of its reference with the Nubian kingdom, gateway to black Africa, adored the yellow colour of golden sun and all shades of blue.

Turquoise, above all, symbolized the waters of the Nile, and therefore the supreme representation of Life.

In accordance with Egyptian and French customs, we favour purchasing from established and venerated European collections, offering you a further guarantee of authenticity