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Egyptian Papyrus Bookmarks

 
These beautiful bookmarks are made from genuine Egyptian papyrus and printed with a unique Egyptian design. Each bookmark comes in its own plastic sheath with tassle, and can be purchased in the Egyptian Dreams shop. Click on an image to visit the shop.

Akhenaten Bookmark
Akhenaten Bookmark

Real Egyptian papyrus bookmark, printed with the Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten and showing the Egyptian hieroglyphic alphabet.


Anubis Bookmark
Anubis Bookmark

Real Egyptian papyrus bookmark, printed with the Egyptian god Anubis

The god of embalming and cemeteries, Anubis is usually depicted as a jackal or a man with the head of a jackal. Since jackals were common scavengers in Egyptian burial sites, the honouring of Anubis in this guise may have represented a way of protecting the dead from molestation. Anubis was an ancient deity to whom prayers for the survival of the deceased in the Afterlife were addressed before Osiris rose to prominence as the god of the dead. Anubis continued to assist in the judgement of the dead and accompanied the deceased to the throne of Osiris for the ritual of the Weighing of the Heart.


Deceased Offering Incense Bookmark
Deceased Offering Incense Bookmark

Real Egyptian papyrus bookmark, printed with an ancient Egyptian scene and showing the Egyptian hieroglyphic alphabet

Egyptian Cat Bookmark
Egyptian Cat Bookmark

Real Egyptian papyrus bookmark, printed with an Egyptian cat

Bastet, the cat goddess, was worshipped in the ancient city of Per-Bastet (Bubastis). Although Bastet was a local deity, she was of great importance to the kings of Egypt. Cat-like, she had both gentle and fierce aspects to her nature. To the ancient Egyptians, the cat epitomized the protective aspects of motherhood, so Bastet was honoured as one of the mothers of kings.

Funerary Cult of Seti Bookmark
Funerary Cult of Seti Bookmark

Real Egyptian papyrus bookmark, printed with an ancient Egyptian scene and showing the Egyptian hieroglyphic alphabet

Seti I was the son of Ramesses I and Queen Sitre. Like his father before him, Seti was a good military leader. He plundered Palestine and brought Damascus back into Egyptian control. He reconciled with the Hittites who were becoming the most powerful state in the region. Seti I and his heir, Ramesses II campaigned against Kadesh. In Karnak he completed his father's plan by converting the court between the second and third pylons into a vast hypostyle hall. He built his vast mortuary complex at Abydos. In Thebes, he built his tomb, located in the Valley of the Kings. Cut 300 feet into the cliffs, it was the largest tomb in the area. Buried with him were over 700 Shabti. These were carved stone or wooden figures that were to accompany him to the afterlife to comply with the requests from the gods.


Geb Bookmark
Geb Bookmark

Real Egyptian papyrus bookmark depicting Geb

Geb was called 'the Great Cackler', and as such, was represented as a goose. It was in this form that he was said to have laid the egg from which the sun was hatched. He was believed to have been the third divine king of earth. The royal throne of Egypt was known as the 'throne of Geb' in honour of his great reign.

As a vegetation-god he was shown with green patches or plants on his body. As the earth, he is often seen lying beneath Nut, leaning on one elbow, with a knee bent toward the sky, representive of the mountains and valleys of the earth.

Geb was a god without a cult; he was given the world to rule. One day he and a group of friends rashly opened a box in which was kept Re's uraeus, the divine cobra. The snake's poisonous breath killed Geb's companions and severely burned Geb. The god was healed by the application of a magic lock of hair belonging to Re, and ever after that was careful to mind his own business.

After a long and uneventful reign he handed his power over to his son Osiris and retired to heaven. There he occasionally assisted the god Thoth, sometimes as a magistrate, sometimes as an envoy.


Hathor Bookmark
Hathor Bookmark

Real Egyptian papyrus bookmark, printed with the Egyptian goddess Hathor

Hathor was the goddess of joy, motherhood, and love. She was also the goddess of music and dancing. Dead women were identified with Hathor, as men were identified with Osiris. Hathor is usually depicted entirely as a cow or as a beautiful, slender woman wearing a head-dress of a pair of cow's horns with a sun disc between them. Hathor was thought of as the mother of the pharaoh.


Horus and Nefertari Bookmark

Horus and Nefertari Bookmark

Real Egyptian papyrus bookmark depicting the Egyptian god Horus and Queen Nefertari, wife of King Ramesses II


Horus Bookmark
Horus Bookmark

Real Egyptian papyrus bookmark, printed with the Egyptian falcon god, Horus

The son of Osiris and Isis, Horus was a god of the sky and is usually depicted as a falcon, or a man with a falcon's head wearing the crown of all Egypt. Horus's name means 'He Who is Above' and is probably linked to his status as a god of the sky and to the high soaring of the falcon. He is probably most well-known as the protector of the ruler of Egypt. After Osiris was murdered by his brother Seth, Horus fought with Seth for the throne of Egypt. In this battle, Horus lost one of his eyes. The eye was restored to him and it became a symbol of protection for the ancient Egyptians. After this battle, Horus was chosen to be the ruler of the world of the living.


Isis and Nefertari Bookmark

Isis and Nefertari Bookmark

Real Egyptian papyrus bookmark depicting the Goddess Isis and Queen Nefertari, wife of King Ramesses II

Isis
Isis was a winged goddess who represented all that was visible, birth, growth, development and vigour. Having wings, she was a wind goddess. The kite was sacred to her, and she could transform herself into this bird at will. She brought the heavenly scent with her through the land, leaving lingering scenes of spices and flowers her wake. She brought fresh air with her into the underworld when she gave food to the dead. She represented both the life-giving spring winds of Egypt and the morning winds that hailed the arrival of the sun each day.

The ancient Egyptians saw Isis as a benevolent goddess, good and kind. Each pharaoh was her son and Isis loved all creatures like a mother. She was the chaste and devoted wife and as a result most highly regarded among the Egyptian gods. Isis was the daughter of Nut and Geb and the sister and wife of Osiris. Isis aided her husband during his reign as the king of Egypt and searched madly for his body after his death so that he might be given a proper burial. Isis conceived her son Horus either through magic or by resurrecting Osiris. Isis raised Horus in the papyri and lotus thickets of Chemmis, in the delta area of Lower Egypt to protect the child from his uncle Seth. Seth wanted to murder Horus, but Isis hid the child so that some day he might avenge his father’s death.


Mystic Eye Bookmark
Mystic Eye Bookmark

Real Egyptian papyrus bookmark, printed with an ancient Egyptian symbol and showing the Egyptian hieroglyphic alphabet

Nefertari and Hathor Bookmark
Nefertari and Hathor Bookmark

Real Egyptian papyrus bookmark depicting the Egyptian goddess Hathor and Queen Nefertari, wife of King Ramesses II

Nefertari Bookmark
Nefertari Bookmark

Real Egyptian papyrus bookmark depicting Queen Nefertari, wife of King Ramesses II

Nefertari was the favourite wife of Ramesses II, the first of eight that he married during his long reign of 67 years. Nefertari seems to have belonged to a high-ranking family but was not herself royal. It is thought she originated from Thebes as she is always called 'Beloved of Mut', Mut being an important goddess in the Theban area. Although given the title 'Mother of the King' and had several sons, they all seem to have died before their father.


Pillar's Construction Bookmark
Pillar's Construction Bookmark

Real Egyptian papyrus bookmark, printed with an ancient Egyptian scene and showing the Egyptian hieroglyphic alphabet

Ramesses Bookmark
Ramesses Bookmark

Real Egyptian papyrus bookmark depicting King Ramesses II

Called Ramesses the Great, he lived for 96 years. It is believed that he had as many as fifty sons and fifty daughters, though only a few of them are known to us. His chief, and most likely favorite wife was Nefertari. In the seventh year of his father's (Seti I) reign, Ramesses II became co-ruler of Egypt. Ramesses II and his father began many restoration and building projects. These included the building of several temples and the restoration of other shrines and complexes throughout Egypt. He built a mortuary complex at Abydos in honor of Osiris and the famed Ramesseum. Having outlived many of his older sons, his 13th son ascended to the throne upon his death in 1298 B.C.E.


The Judgement Bookmark
The Judgement Bookmark

Real Egyptian papyrus bookmark, printed with an ancient Egyptian scene and showing the Egyptian hieroglyphic alphabet.

Thoth Bookmark
Thoth Bookmark

Real Egyptian papyrus bookmark, printed with the ancient Egyptian god, Thoth

Thoth, ancient Egyptian god of wisdom and writing was the scribe to the gods and also their messenger. The Greeks identified him with Hermes. He was often represented as a man with the head of an ibis, or entirely in the form of this bird, but he could also be depicted as a baboon.


Tutankhamun and Ankhesenamun Bookmark
Tutankhamun and Ankhesenamun Bookmark

Real Egyptian papyrus bookmark depicting Tutankhamun and his wife, Ankhesenamun. Also shows the the hieroglyphic alphabet

King Nebkheperura Tutankhamun is probably the most famous of all the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt, yet he was a short lived and fairly insignificant ruler during a transitional period in history.

Little was known of him prior to Howard Carter's methodical detective work, but the discovery of his tomb and the amazing contents it held ultimately ensured this boy king of the Immortality he sought.

It is believed that Akhenaten and a lesser wife named Kiya were the parents of Tutankhaten, as Tutankhamun was known at first.

Soon after the deaths of Akhenaten and Smenkhkare, Tutankhaten became a Boy King at the age of about nine. He married a slightly older Ankhesenpaaten, one of the daughters of Akhenaten and Nefertiti.

After the ousting of the Aten power base they changed their names to Tutankhamun and Ankhesenamun to reflect the return to favour of the Amun hierarchy.

Due to his young age, Tutankhamun would not have been responsible for the real decision making. This would have been handled by two high officials, Ay (possibly the father of Nefertiti) and Horemheb, commander-in-chief of the army.

Sometime around the ninth year of Tutankhamun's reign, possibly 1325 B.C., he died. There is evidence of an injury to the skull that had time to partly heal. He may have suffered an accident, such as falling from his horse-drawn chariot, or perhaps he was murdered. No one knows. Ay oversaw Tutankhamun's burial arrangements which lasted 70 days.

Due to Tutankhamun having no heirs, Ay became Pharaoh and took Ankhesenamun as his queen to legitimise his rule. What happened to her after that is not known. Ay ruled for only four years and after his death Horemheb grabbed power. He soon obliterated evidence of the reigns of Akhenaten, Tutankhamun and Ay and substituted his own name on many monuments.


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