700 portraits have been recovered from an area in Egypt called fayoum. These are sitting on the Internet gathering dust. I stumbled upon these and at first glance i did not think much. But things have a way of working their magic over night. In the search for proving the reality of life after death they have been indispensible. This is yet another medium like carvings and statuary that preserve our link with the past.
These paintings have been dated between 100 to 300 ad. Every medium has its own unique limitations as far as retaining and expressing human life, likeness and personality. The beauty of this collection is that they appear to represent a small niche in time and space. Most of Egypt art is rather severe and formal and does not impart unique persona lo it as these do. In fact this small collection may become the most famous collection on earth.
The paintings range from bad to amazing and some appear to be death portraits and others seem to be celebrating life. Most of the death portraits wear laurel leaves of gold on their heads.
…..The portraits are of men, women and children from many racial back grounds.
…..Their clothing is similar to roman togas as this was a time of rule for the Roman Empire in egypt.
…..The women are decked out in ornate and finely detailed jewelry of gold and gemstones as you would see in your finest jewelry stores today.
…..The women have ornate hairstyles and have makeup and plucked eyebrows.
In fact there us nothing that sets them apart from a community today. But then you realize that this was a small contained community in an age where air travel and rail roads did not exist yet they were racially diverse as we are today in all their finery.
The next thing to keep in mind is that these paintings were done at a time when photography did not exist. It’s impossible to know exactly how many were death portraits and how many of living people. Creating a painting that is life like from a dead body in an age without proper morgue facilities and refrigeration is nothing short of a miracle.
I was reading an article yesterday from a professional historian that declared that none of these paintings were based on real human features. That the studio created a formula which was then used for recreating faces of dead people.
I am an artist myself and painting is a tricky field until you grow in understanding and skills. As I look at these portraits it is clear that some are done by complete novices and others by skilled artisans. Painting like any artistic field gives you creative license to extract the essence of your subject as you see fit. A subject with perpetrating eyes may have a painting that focuses on the eyes and even renders them slightly larger or more expressive than life. A failure to understand the art of mixing colors can result in a muddy canvas with putrid skin colors. A failure to comprehend proportion can render a face with strange angles and poorly spaced visual interests. Yet one thing is for sure, as badly done as a painting may be it will still capture something vital of its subject.
Google the word doppelganger on the Internet and look at some photographs. A doppelganger is an individual that looks like you but is not you or related to you. Look at them carefully and in great detail. What you will discover is that they are not real identical at all, what they do have are certain major focal points that at first glance make them look like twins. The more you look at them the less they look alike.
Of the 700 portraits I have identified a sizable number that exceeds the algorithm of random occurances.
…..These are all people that we call contemporaneous. That means that today they occupy the same space in time. They are all from the same century.
…..Some of these portraits are of members of one large extended family. In fact there are several families involved and that lessens the possibility of these being random.
…..The most amazing multiple occurrences belong to a family so well known that virtually no person with a cellphone, ipad, or a computer would be unfamiliar with them. Perhaps heaven truly wanted to pick something that would go viral.
…..kris karma shin
…..kayne west Kims husband
…..nori west Kims daughtet
….french montana kloes boyfriend
We have seven people of which six are related. I do not know what these people did when alive in fayoum but they are a diverse group….
…..heads of state
And since we pick up where we left behind it is fair to assume that the present might emulate the past. The one outstanding fact is that all the portraits seems to belong to a group of people are who are not much older than middle age, in fact they are a pretty young group whatever their manner of demise.
Another note of interest is that like their counterparts the statues and busts the portraits record the history of a group of people who have lived and reincarnated again in various places around the world. When you realize who these people are and where they appear in history over and over again that pattern correlates with the growth and movement of the Roman Empire which in itself is a validation.
Some of these faces can be found in
Each human face is a mixture of nuances that are not found anywhere else on earth past or present. Even with artistic license it is clear to see that lips, noses and mouths are different on each one of us. Eyes can be large, small and imbetween, their colors vary as does their expression. Each human seems to have their favorite stance which is a posture they favor when they are on show as it were. Some stare ahead, some tilt to their best angle and others don’t smile. I have noticed that I do the same in all my presentations in history. I have never liked the camera as I see it as an intrusion and I see the same ambivalence in my eyes in paintings, mosaics and statues. I never understood my hatred for the camera as my mother loved to be photographed and insisted in updated photos every year and when ever possible. Today a moment is captured in an instance when it may have required days of sitting for an artist in the past. Finally I realize that my disdain was formed from experience.
Today taking a photograph is all about pointing your cellphone in the right direction and storing thousands of snapshots requires a microchip the size of your fingernail. Remember that even for the richest person in ancient times there was just so much room to display and store these painted memories so they were special moments indeed. Several of these paintings belong to members of my own family, my mother, my father, my grandmother and even my youngest cousin who died this time last year. When I see these portraits I wonder about their circumstances, how did they die. Did I see this painting in ancient times and grieve. And I remember that many of these faces were as dear to their families as mine are to me.
Even when you validate heaven in your heart and mind and realize that those whom you have lost on this side are well and alive, it makes the circumstances that brought about their untimely death no less palatable. Every life is special and felt by those living them and not to be damaged or destroyed.
Today is the first day of January and the first day of 2015. It appears that somehow fayum is in the air and is being experienced by humanity and that is a good thing. There are several books on the topic on amazon currently being reviewed by readers rather enthusiastically. Secondly today as always is an emotional day but for good reasons. As I expressed earlier the kardashian family is a group represented by the portraits. When we say represented we have no genetic proof but visual connections, today we took a small step for mankind. Represented in the grouping is a portrait of a biracial little girl who just happens to be at the exact age that nori happens to be. The mummy of that little girl was found beside another female mummy who’s name on her wrappings was Demos as I searched the Internet for that connection it just happens that Demos corresponds to kloe kardashian. This is still visual but it brings us closer in that these two are related in life as they are in the paintings.
I am almost I done identifying fayoum portraits. I wonder about the hundreds that have been lost forever because the few that we have left tell us a great deal about the social make up and personalities of an ancient world. After much consideration and observation I am sure that all the portraits were produced while their owners were alive. For medical reasons alone it is impossible to capture a living expression from a corpse and even match the color and the twinkle in their eye. The cornea goes opaque within hours after death obscuring all eye color short of a round contour around the cornea itself. I read that only one percent of the mummies found had portraits attached. It’s very possible that these were items brought in by grieving families that were already in their possesion. That would also explain why so many of the mummies appear to be so young. As we get older it is less likely that we pose for vanity pictures. These were pictures perhaps of them at an ideal age. If there had been a catastrophic epidemic killing thousands I don’t think anyone would be hush painting.