Meaning of colour in ancient Egypt - Colour meaning
In the previous article about The Eye of Horus Mandala – Mystical Light of the Soul I said that I'll explain why I have chosen those colours in my painting. :)
So, in ancient Egypt, color was an integral part of the substance and being of everything in life. The Colours used in creating the art, hieroglyphics, talismans, amulets, jewellery, monuments and artefacts of ancient Egypt were extremely important and conveyed a range of silent messages to the ancient Egyptians.
The ancient Egyptians used six basic colours including black and white. Some other colours were occasionally used such as brown, grey, orange and pink but as only secondary colours.
The colours were not chosen randomly, each of the colours had special meanings, symbolism and significance. Artists were tutored by their master and this continued from one generation to the next.
he colours and their meanings remained the same for over three thousand years and only some shades of colours were added during the time.
The different colours of precious and semi-precious stones were used for statues, magical amulets, talismans, jewellery and furniture inlays.
The precious and semi-precious stones were also used to convey color meanings included emeralds, carnelians, amethysts, feldspar or quartz, peridots, pearl, chalcedony, malachite, jasper, lapis lazuli, tiger's eye, turquoise and faience glass stones.
I've chosen for the borders dark blue ,sky blue and Red, gold and white for its symbolism in Ancient Egypt
Meaning of colour Blue in Ancient Egypt
The color Blue represented the Sky, Water, the Heavens, Primeval Flood, Creation and Rebirth.
The dark color of lapis lazuli symbolised fertility and good luck. Foe example Hapi was the Egyptian god of fertility and its skin is always blue coloured.
The precious and semi-precious Blue coloured Magical Stones used by the ancient Egyptians included lapis lazuli, blue glass, faience, and turquoise.
Meaning of colour Yellow in Ancient Egypt
The ancient Egyptian concept of yellow covered all shades of the color. The yellow colours of Ancient Egypt were Orpiment, Lead Antimonite, Yellow Ochre, Ochre, Realgar and Gold.
Yellow was closely associated with gold and the sun.
The color represented items that were Imperishable, eternal and indestructible. Any objects portrayed as yellow in ancient Egyptian art carried all of these meanings.
The precious and semi-precious coloured Magical Stones used by the ancient Egyptians in this color included jasper, amber, tiger's eye.
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