Akhenaten and Nefertiti... my favorites....Akhenaten is responsible for moving Egypt from a polytheistic to a monotheistic society. However, after his death the priests of Luxor returned to the old religion and buried his capitol, Amarna, from the face of the earth. He and Nefertiti's images, tombs, etc were defaced in an attempt to destroy any memory of them and their blasphemy.
Lotus blossoms differ from a lily by their height off the water. Whereas lilies can rest on the water or just above, lotus can rise several feet above. As a lotus is able to emerge from muddy waters, un-spoilt and pure, it's considered to represent a wise and spiritually enlightened quality in a person; and is a very important symbol in Hinduism, Buddhism, as it was for the ancient Egyptians.
The sacred representation of the goddess Bastet ---------------------------------------- Bronze statue from Saqqara, Egypt (Late Period, after 600 BC) - also known as the Gayer-Anderson cat, after its donor to The British Museum.
[EGYPT 29322] ’Girl with lotus flowers in Menna's tomb at Luxor.’ A mural detail in the tomb of Menna shows a young girl carrying lotus flowers and the ducks that her father Menna has caught while hunting in a papyrus swamp. Menna was an 18th dynasty inspector of estates and overseer of harvests and his tomb (TT 69) can be found in the Sheikh Abd el Qurnah Necropolis on the Westbank at Luxor. It is one of the socalled "Tombs of the Nobles" and dates to the end of the reign of Thutmosis ...