Cursive

Jan_0004Water-brush with Lexington grey ink, tea, A5 – 15 minutes

I copied this from the inside of an Egyptian mummy at Bristol City Museum. The whole inner surface of the case was covered with beautifully relaxed and flowing cursive hieroglyphs, prayers for the dead person it once held. The brushwork was still wonderfully fresh after 3,900 years. (I used black tea to add a light wash when I got home.)

About Ed Mostly

Enthusiastic daily sketcher based in Bath Uk
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2 Responses to Cursive

  1. I loved these hieroglyphs. They look beautiful the way you reproduce them with brushes. I always thought they must have been carved but looking at your sketch, painting could have been an option, too.

  2. Ed Mostly says:

    Hi Deniz, thanks for the comment. Like you I had always thought of hieroglyphs as a very static, carved form, which was why these were so striking, very similar to Chinese/Japanese brush-work. Ed

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