I went shopping today - yippee. Remember at the end of April how I showed you a picture of one of my Akhmim embroideries? If you've forgotten, you can go here. Well I went to the shop again. I'm disappointed in how the pics turned out - rather dark. But trust me, these are beautiful, tho it helps to have an appreciation for naive work/folk art.
Most of the work is pretty representational of life in Egypt. Lots of palm trees and occasionally camels. But I love the castle wall with the swans in the river. Doesn't look like Egypt to me.
And this is the one I bought today. I've actually been admiring it for a couple of years. Decided it was still there so it must be mine. It's called "Le Danse du Cheval" or "Horse's Dance." It's so lively and fun and I love how it's on point.
These (clay? mud?) constructions are all over Egypt, but we especially saw a lot of them up in the north. Pigeons are raised here to be food, but unfortunately avian flu hit and the flocks have been destroyed (or hidden in people's homes). Pigeon is a common item on Egyptian menus, not that I've asked if it's available now.
But not the birds in this embroidery. They're pets, darn it.
Now I'm going to have to get this to the framer's, along with some other bits and pieces I've accumulated.
My sweetie is late getting home from work today. He had to take the metro because the car is getting work done AGAIN. The car will be 9 yrs old in August and boy is it cranky.