A significant event in the Art Deco movement was discovery of King Tut’s tomb in 1922. Egypt’s art and architecture were exotic – fresh inspiration to artists schooled in old-world masters like Michelangelo and Rembrandt – and Art Deco practitioners readily borrowed motifs from it and other ancient civilizations that were being unearthed.
An Egyptian - revival brooch. Bezel-set with an oval lapis lazuli cameo of a Egyptian man in profile, within a textured gold, turquoise, blue and white enamel shield-shaped plaque, surmounted by a gold and blue enamel scarab, mounted in gold, circa 1925,
Ancient Egyptian jewel The cobras of protection on each side wearing the crown of Upper Egypt; the lotus & suns on bottom edge represent immortality; the lapis lazuli representative of the sky & stars; the turquoise is for long life; the carnelian for protection. The shen is for immortality & protection; the crook represents power. The square is the earth & the 3 bars are for the cycle of birth, death & rebirth.The scarab sits atop the mountain or afterlife. ~ETS #ancientegypt #jewelry…
Ankh: The ankh-shaped, gold-sheathed mirror case was taken from the tomb of Tutankhamun in southern Egypt’s Valley of the Kings. The Ankh form, found in many ancient Egyptian tombs, is the Egyptian hieroglyphic character meaning “life.”