Blue Lotus Engravings, Set of 2
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A set of two beautiful prints of magnificent large blue lotuses.
Engravings with blue marie-louis and very beautiful frame with black wood ornamentation and silver edging.
Glass size: 50x70cm
The lotus is an aquatic plant whose flower is magnificent and which is magnified in these two large engravings in a beautiful blue color. This particular tone of blue has earned it the name of a shade, azure tending to sky blue: caeruleum blue (ceruleum).
The blue lotus is actually a water lily.
Although it bears the name Lotus, the Blue Lotus (in Latin Nymphaea caerulea Savigny) is actually a water lily.
This aquatic plant grows on the edges of lakes and stagnant waters.
Today, it has almost completely disappeared from the Nile region and it is cultivated mainly in Asia (China and Thailand).
The blue lotus belongs to the family Nymphaeaceae (water lily family), group Apocarpiae, subgenus Brachyceras, and forms and subspecies None (cf. Slocum et al. 1996).
Lotuses were the most widely cultivated ritual plants in ancient Egypt. They grew wild and had also been planted in artificial bodies of water (Hugonot 1992).
The blue lotus was considered a sacred plant. The god of immortality and resurrection Nefertum was represented as a young man or a lion whose hair was decorated with a blue lotus flower. He offered the flower to the sun god Ra, to relieve the pain in his old body. The Egyptians especially appreciated their enchanting scent of hyacinth, their symbolism and probably also their intoxicating effects...
Lotus buds and flowers were popular head and hair ornaments. The garlands placed in the tomb of Pharaoh Ramses II (1290-1223 B.C.E.) were almost entirely composed of white and blue lotus flowers (Germer 1988). Many buds, petals and garlands have been found as decoration for mummies or as funerary objects.
In ancient Egypt, the blue lotus was closely linked to the concepts of the afterlife and rebirth. The flower represents enlightenment and the awakened consciousness of the deceased; it is “this lotus flower which shines in the earth” (Book of the Dead, chapter 174, line 30; cf. Dassow 1994).
In the myth of the battle between Horus and Seth, the lotus flower appears as a symbol of the divine all-seeing eye: when Seth found Horus resting under a tree in an oasis, he plucked out both his eyes and buried them in the sand. After which they transformed into lotus flowers.
Lotuses are rustic aquatic plants of absolute beauty, vigorous and imposing and can grow anywhere in France!
Dimensions and Specifications - Shipment information
- Width: 50 cm
- Height: 70 cm
- Depth: 3 cm
- Weight (item packed): 16 kg
- Era: Actual Arts and crafts
- Style: Carnet de Voyages XIXth
- Item Weight (kg): 8
- Parcel Weight: 16
- France Delivery (Out of Corsica and Dom Tom): 2-3 weeks
- EU Countries Delivery: Lead Time 2-3 weeks