this is another of the 1/7 pictures ..
dividing 1 by 7 gives the repeating ratio 142857
a grid of lines is created by sub dividing the canvas into
1 + 4 + 2 + 8 + 5 + 7 = total of 27 units
divide width or length by (1;5;7;15 or 20 )/27 to get grid lines
The grid lines were drawn from both left
and right hand side.
The 2 heads are placed such that the key features
such as eyes and mouth are on as many of the lines
or their intersection as possible ..
the limbs then follow the lines hence their odd structure
falling between and bounded by them.
The picture is about writing and its importance in Egypt
and its relationship to cosmology.
The setting is the Small Temple of Aten
see reconstruction on
Akhenaten created the first recorded monotheisim
(one god system) outing all the older pantheon
This eventually didn't go down that well with
his countrymen and maybe he sensed the possibility
of this by creating a new palace complex at Amarna
The images of Thot (Djehuti) and Maat/Mayet (Muhaht)
seem to feature on contemporary image and papyrus
(strange given monotheism) and they are shown
dancing in the darkened forecourt of the Small Temple.
Not so strange as they are alienated mysterious
and dimly illuminated in the darkness
which is how most of the population would have
regarded reading and writing at this time ..
this prevailed until recent times (alfred king
of england famously had to teach himself to read )
Incidentally there are feathers glued to the surface
the Egyptians used ibis but these are magpie
feathers ( 2 for joy ?????)