(top) Electrum winged scarab, inlaid with cornelian, greed feldspar and lapis lazuli. It clutches a sun-disc and stands on a kha-sign flanked by papyrus-heads, the whole spelling the prenomen of Sesostris II. There are tubes on the underside for suspension. (12th Dynasty, 1897-1878 BC)
(bottom) Gold human-headed ba-bird, representing the characteristics and personality of the deceased. Its back inlaid with lapis lazuli and turquoise. The body is rounded on the underside and there are two suspension loops. (26th Dynasty, 600 BC)
Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: Touch, Taste, Smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.
Some nicely banded carnelian/cornelian agate from Oregon that writehor also gave me. This, the obsidian, and a thunderegg make up the fantastic gifts she gave me. I’ll be sure to get shots of the thunderegg once I’m able to pop it open. This little sucker was a mystery for a while! The colour is even more beautiful in person.
Back to talking about zoghal akhteh! (#Cornelian #Cherry) Plan to go foraging for some today (thanks to @ferenji showing me where last year this time) and once I do forage some #zoghalakhteh I shall make some #sharbat. Of course! #persian #persianfood