Despite a lifelong fascination with archaeology and ancient history — and even a trip through Sinai, Cairo, and Karnak at age 19 — I must admit that Egyptology has never been particularly interesting to me, obsessed as its public portrayal is with glittering treasures and kingship. Nevertheless, I’m reading the excellent The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt by Toby Wilkinson right now, in which I find the chaotic Intermediate periods especially fascinating. Koen Zwanenburg is also fascinated with ancient history, and has built this amazing life-sized version of the boy king Tutankhamun’s mask from 16,000 LEGO bricks.
Talented character builder Leonid An taps into the primal iconography of ancient Egypt in his LEGO depiction of the gods Set and Horus. Set, the dark god of storms, disorder and violence is suitably built from black elements, utilising a row of ball joints to covey a muscular body; modified bricks added to the side of his face neatly imply the tapering of a jackal-like snout.
Horus, the sky god, meanwhile displays a leaner torso made from bowed bricks, and a craftily sculpted falcon head, formed from a variety of unexpected parts.
Built together, the two bring to life the epic myth told in the famous Chester Beatty Papyrus; of the contest between Set and Horus to determine the rightful king of Egypt.
Finnish builder Eero Okkonen shows master-class LEGO character creation with the Herald of Scales, imagined in ancient Egyptian styling. The inspirational seed part for Eero here was the mini-doll skirt used as, well, segments of the Herald’s skirt! Equally notable is his use of chains as both embellishment and supports on her staff, and again as beautiful braided hair.
Eero details the artistic and building processes on his blog, which you can read here.
So many great builders are gonna be exhibiting at Brickworld this year, I almost don’t know who’s work I’m most excited to see! But a series of busts by Tyler Halliwell (The Deathly Halliwell) will probably be somewhere near the top of the list. Check out this latest addition to his collection, the Sandman, from the Neil Gaiman comics (er, I mean “graphic novels”) of the same name:
And this suitably bling-y bust of Anubis, jackal-headed Egyptian god of the afterlife:
In his latest effort, the simply titled History of the World, Lasse Vestergård has wonderfully combined microscale architecture with collectible minifigs to create a timeline starting with ancient Egypt and ending with modern America. I’ve seen many fellow hobbyists construct brick-built display units for their minifigs but never one with such panache or purpose.
Lasse also took the time to make the back of the display interesting as well, by including a map of the world.
“And of course, with the birth of the artist came the inevitable afterbirth… the critic.” My only complaint about this otherwise fine project is with the title, which is a little misleading as the model seems focused on western civilization to the exclusion of the rest of the world. However, when you try and boil down the entirety of human history into a dozen vignettes, you’re bound to leave somebody out.
When I visited Deir el-Bahari, our Egyptian guide told us an easy way to remember the name of the pharaoh who had the colonnaded temple built for herself near the Valley of the Kings and Luxor. “Hot sheep suit,” he said. “You know, hot, like the sun, with a suit made from sheep.” The weather forecast placard in the hotel lobby had informed us it was going to be 45° C (113° F) that day. Standing there in the blazing desert sun, it was hard to imagine wearing a wool suit. And today, it’s hard to forget how to pronounce Queen Hatshepsut’s name.
Similarly unforgettable was her mortuary temple, here recreated wonderfully in LEGO by Harald P. (HP Mohnroth).
See many other wonderful LEGO models of historical structures in Harald’s LEGO Architecture set on Flickr.
Via GodBricks, so you can’t blame me for necro-posting — which is sorta appropriate for an Egyptian model, I guess.
For those of you who might be curious, Tanis is located along the tributaries of the Nile in Lower Egypt. It was the political capital of Egypt between the 20th and 22nd dynasties (though a few rivals popped up here and there). Its primary dieties included Amun, his consort Mut, and their child Khonsu. It was abandoned somewhere around the 6th century.
Sheshonq I inhabited Tanis in the later part of the 22nd dynasty, and some of our readers may be more familiar with him by the name Shishak. Most scholars agree that these two are one in the same, based on hieroglyphics left in Karnak. The military campaigns, though, were in different areas, so there is some debate.
This particular pharoah gets a big-screen mention in some film with Harrison Ford.
Daniel (K3GM) has created an amazing representation of Tanis, Sheshonq, and the procession of the Ark to a hiding place there. His creation is just dripping in detail. I’m just amazed at the detail in the throne room, and the Ark is just….shiny. Glorious.
Go check it out. Seriously.
Whenever a contest happens, any new theme tends to get a bit, dare I say, crowded. This is certainly true of ApocaLEGO due to the “Head for the Hills” contest, so it’s always cool to see a new twist, like Corran101‘s Egyptian-themed entry. Click the photo for the back story on this heavily armed holdout.