shadowofthesphinx

Handcrafted Altar Statues and Amulets of Ancient Egypt

Oregon, United States · 802 Sales

shadowofthesphinx

Handcrafted Altar Statues and Amulets of Ancient Egypt

Oregon, United States 802 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Nicolas

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Announcement   June 20th, 2016 - Happy Solstice! Well I am just now getting caught up on a backlog of custom work but still have current orders that will run through July. New work likely to appear in the shop in August and September so do drop by to see all the new things then!

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!

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!

Until the next. . .
nicolas

Welcome to Shadow of the Sphinx

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. And 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!

Thank you for five years of wonderful interactions and support! Looking forward to bigger and better pieces and intriguing requests in the future!!

nicolas

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Handcrafting unique and custom ordered miniatures, icons, amulets, altarpieces and votives inspired by the art, artifacts and ritual of life in Ancient Egypt. . .

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 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 resurface and I am 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.

I will continue to increase the line as new items come to completion and I'll share the stories and lore of these ancient symbols as well.

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


As my shop has grown over the last year I have found that a large percentage of my orders are custom requests from the ancient pantheon. I could not have imagined the wide range of requests 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!

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Last updated on Jun 20, 2016

June 20th, 2016 - Happy Solstice! Well I am just now getting caught up on a backlog of custom work but still have current orders that will run through July. New work likely to appear in the shop in August and September so do drop by to see all the new things then!

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!

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!

Until the next. . .
nicolas

Welcome to Shadow of the Sphinx

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. And 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!

Thank you for five years of wonderful interactions and support! Looking forward to bigger and better pieces and intriguing requests in the future!!

nicolas

<>o<> <>o<> <>o<>

Handcrafting unique and custom ordered miniatures, icons, amulets, altarpieces and votives inspired by the art, artifacts and ritual of life in Ancient Egypt. . .

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 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 resurface and I am 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.

I will continue to increase the line as new items come to completion and I'll share the stories and lore of these ancient symbols as well.

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


As my shop has grown over the last year I have found that a large percentage of my orders are custom requests from the ancient pantheon. I could not have imagined the wide range of requests 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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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.

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  • 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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