About Icons of Kemet
“Hwt-Her-Mistress of the Sky”~ An original Kemetic icon by Ptahmassu Nofra-Uaa. Extra fine watercolor, gold, semi-precious stones on 8″x10″ archival panel
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“Ptah is called ‘He who created the All and brought forth the Gods’….Thus it was determined and recognized that His power is greater than that of the other gods. Thus Ptah was content after He had made all things and all god’s words. He had indeed born the Gods, made the towns, founded the provinces, and placed the Gods at Their places of worship. He had determined Their offerings and founded Their sanctuaries, He had made Their body as They desired. Thus the Gods entered into Their bodies of all kinds of wood, all kinds of minerals, all kinds of clay and all kinds of other things that grow thereon, in which they had taken shape”.
– Excerpt from the text of the Shabaka Stone: Maj Sandman Holmberg. 1964. The God Ptah (Denmark: Lund), page 22.
The religion of the ancient Egyptians was founded upon cultic service, performing ritual actions that directly linked the physical human world with the spiritual realm of the Netjeru or Gods. Unlike the Abrahamic faiths, the traditions of the book, the Egyptians did not fix the practice of their beliefs upon abstract philosophical thought or authoritative doctrine. Instead, they communed with their Gods through the activities of the temple, and the consecration of images and ex-vottos that were central to private worship. The ancient Egyptian way to the Sacred was through doing, not believing, and vital to this process was the presence of the cult image, the ba or sekhem.
Egyptian temples were established as the literal houses of the Gods on earth, and within their grandiose spaces were maintained specially charged and consecrated images that were held to be an earthly counterpart to the ethereal bodies of the Gods. These images were the focus of enormous cult industries, whose entire purpose was the maintenance of the cosmic order (Ma’at) by way of drawing the Gods through directly into the world They had created. Through such a reciprocal relationship, where human beings bestowed offerings of precious goods and sacred rites, the Gods were engaged into giving humankind the vital ingredients to sustaining life- both here on earth and in the hereafter.
In the current era, burgeoning spiritual communities and solitary practitioners are emerging with the desire to reconnect humankind with these ancient Gods, and to restore the vital rites by which such a sacred relationship may thrive again. The original iconographic forms of the Netjeru are being called forth, revived, and given new life by artisans working within the authentic Kemetic (Ancient Egyptian) canon.
Icons of Kemet is the labor of sacred love of master iconographer Ptahmassu Nofra-Uaa. Using genuine mineral pigments, gold, semi-precious and precious stones, Icons of Kemet celebrates the living presence of Egypt’s ancient Gods and spiritual traditions in one-of-a-kind devotional masterpieces for the temple or shrine.
Ptahmassu Nofra-Uaa is committed to the service of the Netjeru through the creation of holy images that may once again become the focus of devotional cultus. Thus the icons of Icons of Kemet are not decorative art objects or showpieces of the mythological, but serve, rather, as the earthly counterparts to living gods. These are embodiments of sacred beings who still have a vital role to play in the destiny of the human condition.