shadowofthesphinx

Handcrafted Altar Statues and Amulets of Ancient Egypt

Tillamook, Oregon | 1241 Sales

shadowofthesphinx

Handcrafted Altar Statues and Amulets of Ancient Egypt

Tillamook, Oregon 1241 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Announcement   December 23rd 2018, Wishing those who celebrate this season a very happy holiday and a magical and enchanted New Year ahead! I am looking forward to 2019 and the expansion of my work deeper into not only the Kemetic world but other pantheons of ancient mythologies and deities! :)

Looking forward to continuing to serve the community and to creating work for all of your beautiful altars!

Thank you, as always, for the trust and belief that you show in regards to my work!!

Nicolas

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Why Handmade? By that, I mean specifically, why make each and every single altar statue and amulet in this shop from scratch every time?

In a world where 3D printing is more accessible than ever and work made from molds and casting are the rule, I want to say that production of that sort it just never felt like the right path for me. I have nothing against such methods and appreciate the cost effectiveness they can provide, but I took a different approach from day one as a sculptural artist and will continue to make these pieces one at a time for as long as I am a creative soul in this world.

Why? Well, this is for several reasons. First, nothing makes me happier than to make things by hand. There's no greater joy for me than seeing each piece come to life from a lump of clay and to send them off to all parts the world (31 countries as of this writing!!)

Second, When I think of how far my work has come from the first iterations of any deity it is rather mind boggling. If I had not made over 1500 statues and amulets to date, my skills would never have grown to this point. And that, at it's core, is the only reason to create with such regularity. To improve. To better my skills and to be able to see that happening month in and month out over 8 years has been wonderful.

And last, because I want YOU to feel the energy that goes into each and every piece and to know that even with the simplest designs, your is truly a one of kind piece because each one is made entirely by human hands and therefor, despite my own drive for perfection, it is utterly imperfect in some way. But it IS infused from a creative heart that loves what it's doing each and every day.

I hope that shows in the work you purchase from me. That desire and intent to offer something special and unique. . . those are the most valuable things I have to offer.

Thank you all so much for your kindness and support!
nicolas

Becoming a full time creator has been a lifelong dream and this shop is a big part of allowing that to have come to fruition in my life. I've grown with it, made mistakes and been humbled by process along the way. I hope to be better in the coming year with being true to my own creative desires so as to be better for YOU, my dear friends, customers and supporters.

New work for the year to come, of course, but also some new policies regarding custom and requested work. I'll get more into that as the year goes on but it will all be designed to make my production more efficient and serve the community of souls who have embraced my work over these past 8 years.

It has been an HONOR and a PRIVILEGE to create work for your altars, shrines and personal spaces. I look forward to many more years of it going forward.

May 2018 be a bright and magical time on your path thru life.

Thank you so much,

Nicolas


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The US has new shipping prices worldwide. Until I can figure out a more accurate way of determining shipping weights ahead of time, especially on combined items (2 or more) please know that if the shipping charge is more than the actual label cost, I will reimburse the overage to you at the time I purchase your shipping label. Thank you!

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Welcome to the Shadow of the Sphinx.

Hello!!

I have been deeply fascinated with the mystery and symbolism behind the art and hieroglyphs of ancient Egypt since I was a young boy. The touring treasures of the tomb of Tutankhamen, the mysteries of the Sphinx and the Great Pyramids all stirred such great wonder within me.

I found myself, at the age of 9, making renditions out of cardboard and tin foil of the elaborate jewelry of the Pharaohs that I saw in photos and painting images of the gods Thoth and Horus on my feet.

I felt somehow as though they were protecting me.

I secretly (at first) painted hieroglyphs on the walls of my bedroom closet and would often pretend that I was living in those ancient times.

Now, some thirty years later I have allowed my love and reverence for these things to come to the surface and I began creating this line of polymer and gemstone icons for your own personal altars, Kemetic shrines and/or home decor.

My statues are styled after the traditional votive statues of Ancient Egypt. That is to say, NOT the gilded golden idols of kings and queens but the statues of everyday life. Prayer and offering statues. Home altars and handmade with humble simplicity.

New customers, as you look about please remember all of my statues can be created in a variety of sizes and prices! If a larger piece is out of range for you, or a mini statue not quite enough, please ask about having one custom made for your altar or shrine. Thank you!

The statues and pieces in my shop are always changing! Please consult the sold items for other examples of my work, especially the array of custom pieces I have completed in my sold listings. Keep in mind that the sizes vary from piece to piece. If you see something in the shop that is larger or smaller than you wish, just convo me about creating something just the right size for YOU. From Mini (2") pieces all the way up to large (9") statues!

Please feel free to contact me with your thoughts and ideas for things you may wish to see featured here.

There's a certain light, a magic, found between the pages of history, lingering in the shadow of the sphinx...

nicolas

One final thought:

As my shop has grown over the last six years I have found that a large percentage of my orders are custom requests from the ancient pantheons of our world. I could not have imagined the wide range of altar pieces that I have been able to create for people to have on their personal altars.

It was also a desire of mine from day one, to have work that was affordable for almost anyone to have. With the demand and increase in production, my prices have had to rise as well. But I want to say that if you have a need for an altar piece and do not think you can afford a custom piece, convo me because the range of pieces my own work is inspired from is vast and varies from highly detailed to very humble and simple forms.

The shop here, as you might expect, only showcases some of the best and most requested work. I can make small, inexpensive pieces to fit almost any budget. :)

Just let me know your situation and limitations and we will go from there!

Announcement

Last updated on Dec 23, 2018

December 23rd 2018, Wishing those who celebrate this season a very happy holiday and a magical and enchanted New Year ahead! I am looking forward to 2019 and the expansion of my work deeper into not only the Kemetic world but other pantheons of ancient mythologies and deities! :)

Looking forward to continuing to serve the community and to creating work for all of your beautiful altars!

Thank you, as always, for the trust and belief that you show in regards to my work!!

Nicolas

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Why Handmade? By that, I mean specifically, why make each and every single altar statue and amulet in this shop from scratch every time?

In a world where 3D printing is more accessible than ever and work made from molds and casting are the rule, I want to say that production of that sort it just never felt like the right path for me. I have nothing against such methods and appreciate the cost effectiveness they can provide, but I took a different approach from day one as a sculptural artist and will continue to make these pieces one at a time for as long as I am a creative soul in this world.

Why? Well, this is for several reasons. First, nothing makes me happier than to make things by hand. There's no greater joy for me than seeing each piece come to life from a lump of clay and to send them off to all parts the world (31 countries as of this writing!!)

Second, When I think of how far my work has come from the first iterations of any deity it is rather mind boggling. If I had not made over 1500 statues and amulets to date, my skills would never have grown to this point. And that, at it's core, is the only reason to create with such regularity. To improve. To better my skills and to be able to see that happening month in and month out over 8 years has been wonderful.

And last, because I want YOU to feel the energy that goes into each and every piece and to know that even with the simplest designs, your is truly a one of kind piece because each one is made entirely by human hands and therefor, despite my own drive for perfection, it is utterly imperfect in some way. But it IS infused from a creative heart that loves what it's doing each and every day.

I hope that shows in the work you purchase from me. That desire and intent to offer something special and unique. . . those are the most valuable things I have to offer.

Thank you all so much for your kindness and support!
nicolas

Becoming a full time creator has been a lifelong dream and this shop is a big part of allowing that to have come to fruition in my life. I've grown with it, made mistakes and been humbled by process along the way. I hope to be better in the coming year with being true to my own creative desires so as to be better for YOU, my dear friends, customers and supporters.

New work for the year to come, of course, but also some new policies regarding custom and requested work. I'll get more into that as the year goes on but it will all be designed to make my production more efficient and serve the community of souls who have embraced my work over these past 8 years.

It has been an HONOR and a PRIVILEGE to create work for your altars, shrines and personal spaces. I look forward to many more years of it going forward.

May 2018 be a bright and magical time on your path thru life.

Thank you so much,

Nicolas


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The US has new shipping prices worldwide. Until I can figure out a more accurate way of determining shipping weights ahead of time, especially on combined items (2 or more) please know that if the shipping charge is more than the actual label cost, I will reimburse the overage to you at the time I purchase your shipping label. Thank you!

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Welcome to the Shadow of the Sphinx.

Hello!!

I have been deeply fascinated with the mystery and symbolism behind the art and hieroglyphs of ancient Egypt since I was a young boy. The touring treasures of the tomb of Tutankhamen, the mysteries of the Sphinx and the Great Pyramids all stirred such great wonder within me.

I found myself, at the age of 9, making renditions out of cardboard and tin foil of the elaborate jewelry of the Pharaohs that I saw in photos and painting images of the gods Thoth and Horus on my feet.

I felt somehow as though they were protecting me.

I secretly (at first) painted hieroglyphs on the walls of my bedroom closet and would often pretend that I was living in those ancient times.

Now, some thirty years later I have allowed my love and reverence for these things to come to the surface and I began creating this line of polymer and gemstone icons for your own personal altars, Kemetic shrines and/or home decor.

My statues are styled after the traditional votive statues of Ancient Egypt. That is to say, NOT the gilded golden idols of kings and queens but the statues of everyday life. Prayer and offering statues. Home altars and handmade with humble simplicity.

New customers, as you look about please remember all of my statues can be created in a variety of sizes and prices! If a larger piece is out of range for you, or a mini statue not quite enough, please ask about having one custom made for your altar or shrine. Thank you!

The statues and pieces in my shop are always changing! Please consult the sold items for other examples of my work, especially the array of custom pieces I have completed in my sold listings. Keep in mind that the sizes vary from piece to piece. If you see something in the shop that is larger or smaller than you wish, just convo me about creating something just the right size for YOU. From Mini (2") pieces all the way up to large (9") statues!

Please feel free to contact me with your thoughts and ideas for things you may wish to see featured here.

There's a certain light, a magic, found between the pages of history, lingering in the shadow of the sphinx...

nicolas

One final thought:

As my shop has grown over the last six years I have found that a large percentage of my orders are custom requests from the ancient pantheons of our world. I could not have imagined the wide range of altar pieces that I have been able to create for people to have on their personal altars.

It was also a desire of mine from day one, to have work that was affordable for almost anyone to have. With the demand and increase in production, my prices have had to rise as well. But I want to say that if you have a need for an altar piece and do not think you can afford a custom piece, convo me because the range of pieces my own work is inspired from is vast and varies from highly detailed to very humble and simple forms.

The shop here, as you might expect, only showcases some of the best and most requested work. I can make small, inexpensive pieces to fit almost any budget. :)

Just let me know your situation and limitations and we will go from there!

Nicolas

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From childhood daydreams to waking reality. . .

I cannot tell you how many hours I spent in my youth, especially ages 8 to 13, imagining myself as a part of Ancient Egyptian life. From my first visual exposure when the treasures of King Tutankhamen first toured the US in the mid 70's, I was absorbed in daydreams and self acted scenarios where I was a part of the great dynasties and, often, just daily life.

I made the statues and amulets I saw out of whatever was available around our little house. Often tin foil, paper and tape, markers and poster-board became whatever I could create.

But the connection felt deeper as I read more and more about the deities and their place in the society. I began, as a 11 year old, drawing images of Bast, Sekhmet, Horus and Thoth on the tops of my feet and backs of my hands as protective forces in my rapidly widening world and in my dreams.

Then, as often happens with many of us who experience such vivid childhood imaginings, I felt I had to grow up. I left many of those paracosms I created and thrived in as a child behind and went forward into the "adult" world. But always, in the quieter moments when I would stop and allow stillness to surround me, when I would take on yet another creative pursuit or medium, the same early inspirations and daydreams always returned.

Looking back, I feel that they were asking for a doorway to enter into my world again.

Finally, three years ago, I opened it.

Enter the creation of this work and Shadow of the Sphinx

For the last three years I have been working hard to develop my style and abilities as I recreate these votive statues and amulets of Ancient Egypt.

Every piece made here at my studio is completely handcrafted from premium polymer clay blends for strength and durability. Absolutely no molds or forms are used to create the variety of amulets and statues you will find here.

The pieces are sanded and finished with either hand-painted acrylic finishes or metallic pigment with reactive patinas and dye oxides to create the myriad of possible colorings and aged looks.

Shop members

  • Nicolas

    Owner, Maker, Curator, Dweller Of Paracosms

    Creativity has been like the air I breathe since my childhood. It just took me a few decades to realize that it was where all my energy was meant to be going. Shadow of the Sphinx is one of the expressions that reconnects me with those childhood days and loves. I hope you will see that love reflected in every creation here.

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Last updated on Jul 21, 2017
Frequently asked questions
Care instructions

My pieces are created using polymer clay and metallic pigments with a reactive patina. Depending on the individual design, they can be fragile. Amulets should be worn with care. If the amulet gets wet or lays against your skin, the patina will likely turn darker in coloring as it reacts to oils or water. Over time, the patina will darken slightly with handling or exposure to dampness or moisture. Smoke from smudging or a blessing ritual will not harm them.

The knotted cords on the amulets are double slip knots to allow for sizing by slinging the knots along the cord. Should they loosen or come undone they are easily tied again. Convo me if you need instructions on doing so! :)

Custom and personalized orders

I accept custom requests for any type of altar piece or statue/icon/amulet. I do not take on every request. Sometimes I am unable to create the requested piece due to any number of reasons pertaining to my own ability to sculpt a certain figure or form. Therefore, accepting a commission or order does not guarantee I will be able to create it. This is why I do not take downpayments on these requests. IF I can create your piece, and you are totally happy with it, then I create the listing for payment at that time. I have a steady stream of work that is deadline based so custom pieces, while I will always try to complete them in the stated time frame, that time frame is subject to delays. :)

Sizing details

I make most of my statues in a variety of sizes ranging from mini 2" / 5cm up to 10" / 25cm in height. Pricing is not as easy to scale. Since it takes the same amount of time to sculpt a 9 inch figure as it does a 6 inch figure, there is only a small difference in the prices. When we get under 5 inches, ratio becomes harder to impart. As statues get larger, they require more clay and detailing time which adds to the expense. And, of course, shipping costs and customs fees on your end may increase along with that as well.

Shipping

All my pieces are packaged with every consideration to safe travels. That's said, breakage does occur on statues rarely but every now and then. I guarantee all shipping and will gladly repair or replace broken items.

OUTSDE THE US -please be aware of your country/regions import tariffs and taxes. There is a customs/import charge for merchandise and sometimes a charge for handling/delivery of a package to you in many countries.