mental motions

Mo”tion, n. [F., fr. L. motio, fr. movere, motum, to move…] 5. Movement of the mind, desires, or passions; mental act, or impulse to any action; internal activity.

screen photos from dvd, Ancient Lives: unlocking the mysteries of daily life in ancient Egypt, 1984 telly
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Imagine, if you will, the motions of turning flax into linen fabric, weaving the fabric, the motions of designing and printing a pattern on that linen fabric, designing a garment and making it with that linen.

Now imagine that being done in ancient Egypt for a tunic to be placed in a pyramid, or painted on a pyramid wall. That’s where these items were found.

Look at the design of the dress fabric, and the colours. They could be in worn today. Look at the neatness and detail of that small cording around the neck of an ‘everyday’ tunic, the care taken for the ‘fancy dress’ tunic.

These people, and we’re talking about the scribes & tomb-builders, not pharaohs, appreciated care and detail in every aspect of their lives, and spent the time and made all the motions necessary to create it.

Their skill and love of beauty has lasted for thousands of years, giving us vital clues about their lives.

What arts will our civilization leave behind for far distant peoples to discover and appreciate?

What will it tell them about our skills? Our concepts of art and beauty?


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2 thoughts on “mental motions

  1. jessthetics

    When you think about it, it’s funny how little some trends have changed. Tunics and kohl lined eyes like the ancient egyptians did are still popular! Maybe in a couple of thousand years time things will still be pretty similar 🙂


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