Completed Reliefs of Ptah-Sokar-Ausir

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The completed reliefs on the icon panel of “Ptah-Sokar-Ausir“~ an original Kemetic icon by master iconographer Ptahmassu Nofra-Uaa/ Panel 1 of The Sacred West Triptych

 

Homage to You O Ptah-Sokar-Ausir
in your might, your terror, your victory
over your adversaries!

Dazzling of plumage whose two eyes
are triumphant; You are raised high
upon your standard in the east.
In the west You are eternal in your
millions of cycles in the Henu Ark,
which is as your own Ba, hailed by
the Sun-Folk as Lord of Appearances!

O Ausir who is Ptah who is Sokar,
the blood of your enemies has watered
the earth before you; their bones have
been broken, their limbs disassembled.
Your presence has filled them with
terror, as those upon the earth are
overcome with awe of You.

Homage to You Ptah-Sokar-Ausir;
the shadows have fled with the
appearance of your shining face on
the day of the Six Day Feast!

Homage to You Ptah-Sokar-Ausir;
You are the filling of the Wedjat Eye
at the moment of its becoming
the Great Netjer, Sovereign of the
Barque!

Homage to You Ptah-Sokar-Ausir;
upright in the Henu Ark, who receives
acclamation and bestows boons,
hearer of prayers as the God Ptah
in Life of the Two Lands!

Homage to You Ptah-Sokar-Ausir;
He who creates the giving of life
in the Henu Ark, He who goes round
about His circuit in millions of moments,
who possesses the heavens and is
Lord of the Vault!

Homage to You Ptah-Sokar-Ausir;
You maker of hundreds of thousands
of offerings which the king gives,
the dazzling countenance of Ptah
who is beautiful of face, the ear
which hears and is master of the
sacred west!

Homage to You O Ptah-Sokar-Ausir!
may I remain in your temple, may I
enter the Henu Ark, may I traverse
circuits of millions with You in the
heavens, and may I be received at
the table of offerings where Kas are
fed for millions upon millions of years!

-Adoration of Ptah-Sokar-Ausir on the day of the Six Day Festival, by the master iconographer Ptahmassu Nofra-Uaa

 

Today marks the completion of the creation of reliefs on the icon panel of Ptah-Sokar-Ausir, coinciding with the First Quarter Moon, signifying the victory of the God Ausir over His adversaries.  The production of my icons always follows the lunar sacred cycle closely, with each stage of the icon’s completion directed by the phases of the moon.  This First Quarter observance (called denat) will mark a very significant phase in this cult image’s life cycle; namely the completion of the under stages of the divine image prior to gilding and painting.  The next stage will see the sealing of the reliefs with multiple layers of shellac, followed by the application of pure 22 karat gold.

The icon will spend tonight’s First Quarter observance in the Shrine of Ptah under the patronage of Ptah-Sokar-Ausir, Whose cult image from Egypt will charge this icon panel with the living power of the Netjer.  An offering of red wine will be given to Ptah-Sokar-Ausir, together with prayers for the bestowal of spiritual sustenance to invigorate the icon panel with sacred life.

I present here a collection of photographs taken in strong natural light, and from angles that allow the thicknesses of the reliefs to stand out dramatically.  When covered with pure gold and beheld in the flickering candle light of the Temple environment, these reliefs will heighten the visual impact and magical play of light over the surface of the icon.  Portions of the reliefs have been built up exceptionally high in order to receive the introduction of precious and semi-precious stones, which are part of the magical properties required in a true Kemetic cult image.

 

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