©1997, Elen Freelander
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This book has been in at least two Treasuries on the front page of Etsy!
This is a one-of-a-kind sculptural book. It is a 3-dimensional sculptural object that has the form of a pyramid when closed, and opens out to reveal hinged and folded pages containing the ancient Egyptian creation story portraying the origin of the sky and the mountains and valleys of the earth. The images and some of the hieroglyphic texts are drawn from tomb paintings and texts; some of the texts are my own attempts to compose in hieroglyphics with the aid of Sir Wallace Budge’s “Egyptian Language”, and the story is my own version of how Nut, the Egyptian sky goddess, and her brother and lover Geb, unwittingly formed the arch of the sky and the contours of the earth. The outside of the book is covered with handmade Japanese Yuzen paper. Yuzen is a pH neutral paper that is hand silkscreened with water-soluble inks, using intricate designs originating from famous Yuzen patterns for kimono. The other materials in the book are 2-ply matte board, Indonesian handmade paper, Strathmore black drawing paper, and thin black ribbon. The illustrations are painted with opaque watercolors, the lettering is done with metallic gold marker, pen and metallic gold ink. The book is sprayed inside and out with fixative. Included with the book is a thin black elastic band for securing it when closed.
Dimensions: 4” tall x 4 ¼” sq.
Shipping: This exquisite book will be shipped Priority Mail, Registered Mail (fully insured), and Return Receipt Requested (recipient’s signature required upon delivery). It will be trackable on line every step of the way. Your book will be securely packaged in a Priority Flat Rate Box, and should arrive in 2 to 3 days. If you are purchasing any other items from my shop at the same time as this book, you will be charged no additional fees; in other words, $30.00 will cover the entire order.