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Ancient Civilization Art as Modern Day Decor

Art evolves and changes over time and follows different paths in different places and cultures. However, because art is timeless, it also endures. Although the pictographs seen on the walls of caves in central France were made thousands of years ago, we still admire the form and grace of those ancient pictures. Like a view into the distant past, we can imagine the artist mixing minerals and crushed rock to make the paints. We can picture the artist carefully drawing images of extinct bison, Cave Bears, and sacred symbols with a stick or his or her fingers.

Viewing the work (or pictures of it) can act as a mental bridge going far back in time. It helps connect us with another era very different from this one even if the artist passed away more than 15,000 years ago. Other types of ancient art can have a similar affect. We view the symbols and works of ancient Sumeria and we wonder how those people lived. What clothes did they wear? What foods did they enjoy? What games did their children play? Did they appreciate the beauty of a night sky unhindered by urban glare? Could they have imagined watching television or listening to the radio? They probably couldn’t have imagined anything like a mobile phone or tablet but a lot of their basic needs and concerns would have been the same as those of people in present times.

In common with us, people who lived thousands of years ago in places like Sumeria, Egypt, Asia Minor, and China also decorated their homes. Although decor for most working class folks would have been limited to small items, the statues, wall decor, and art found in the abodes of royalty and rich families were stunning and often extravagant. We know this because we can still admire and study many such items in various museums. However, thanks to advances in resin technology and a cadre of dedicated artists, we can also enjoy similar, high quality replicas of ancient decor in modern homes and places of business.

Using such decor can lend a seriously classy look to any home. This pair of suggestions can help anyone leverage the exquisite beauty of ancient-themed art for every situation:

Make use of wall decor: This is an easy, excellent way to showcase decor and is one of the reasons why paintings have acted as popular decor for centuries. Although paintings in ancient cultures were typically done directly on a wall, we can still enjoy framed wall decor art that showcases the symbolism and artistic styles of ancient Sumerian and Egyptian cultures. For example, decor such as the Royal Cartouche Sculptural Frieze and the stunning “The Egyptian Pharaoh and His Maidens” Wall Sculpture show the colors, details, and texture typical of art that graced the halls of the pharaohs. The same can be said about the powerful beauty of the ©”Persian Griffin” Wall Sculpture.

Statues: These can take the form of large, majestic sculptures of Egyptian deities such as the Egyptian Grand Ruler Collection: Life-Size Anubis Statue, or a variety of smaller statues that showcase the beautiful art of ancient Egypt, China, or Greece. A big sculpture is a good choice for making a statement, acting as a centerpiece for a collection of art and Egyptian decor, or calling attention to a place of business.

Small statues like the exquisite Egyptian Cat Goddess Bastet Sculptures and the “Isis, Egyptian Goddess of Beauty” Statue lend a quick touch of detailed ancient beauty to a hallway, desk, living room, or other spaces in homes and places of business.

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Egyptian Decor and Accents for Every Home

Decorating the home is no simple matter. While it’s easy enough to put a few paintings on the walls and a statue or two in the living room, that doesn’t really compare to the art of interior decoration. This is why those who can afford to do so sometimes hire interior decorators to plan the beautification of the home. The decorator might go with certain themes for different rooms or follow the suggestions of the home owner, but will always find creative ways to make a living space look fantastic.

One of the ways they accomplish this is by using unique accents and stunning decor in every type of decorating theme. If a room follows a medieval theme, it might also feature an exquisite classic statue in addition to Gothic decor and antique replica furniture. Likewise, a hallway that follows a classic theme might also be decorated with a few modern items as long as they augment the decorating objective. Egyptian decorations and statues can also be used as accents for just about every theme because they combine a striking, regal look with classic appeal.

This aspect of Egyptian items also makes many of them suitable for every home and just about every decoration situation. Although something as large and regal as a stunning replica of King Tutankhamen’s Egyptian Throne Chair might be better suited to a room dedicated to an ancient Egyptian theme, the following accents and decor are much more versatile:

Small Egyptian accents: Small statues of Egyptian deities and other accessories are an easy way to lend a royal touch to any situation. With its striking combination of jet black and golden colors, a sculpture like the ©”Isis, Goddess of Egypt” Statue gives a bit of detailed beauty to a living room, office, or any space in need of artistic, classic decor. This and other small Egyptian statuary work well as desk accessories, when displayed on a mantle, or in accompaniment with other types of small decor.

Other Egyptian-themed accents can take the form of colorful decor like the Egyptian Eye of Horus Offering Vessel, decorative treasure boxes, clocks, and other items that blend fine details with the regal and mysterious symbolism of ancient Egypt.

Egyptian lamps: Decor that also acts as lighting is an easy way to lend a touch of fine, unique decor to any room. In providing a necessary function, sculptural lamps like the Egyptian Goddess of the Night Illuminated Statue and the Egyptian Torch Offering Table Lamp can also find a place in rooms already decorated with or bereft of Egyptian decor. The smaller sculptural lamps can be displayed on tables to act as eye-catching accents and conservation pieces, while larger forms of decorative lighting can do the same when shown in a hallway or corner of any room.

Egyptian sculptural tables and furniture: Sculptural tables that showcase Egyptian-themed art are another excellent way to decorate with unique, creative, functional decor. The mesmerizing Royal Golden Bastet Egyptian Side Table entertains with detailed depictions of the Egyptian goddess of joy and the royal colors of the ancient Egyptian palette. Since this takes the form of a beautiful golden colored feline, it will also be appreciated by anyone with an appreciation for cats.

The rich colors and fine details of the Egyptian Goddess Eset Glass-Topped Table will also turn heads whether it is used in an office setting, library, or sitting room of a home. It also acts as a lovely complement to the luxurious Cleopatra Neoclassical Chaise and other examples of high quality Egyptian furniture.

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How and Where to Decorate with Mirrors

Although it can be said that every type of decor has a function, some items do more than act as beautiful works of art. Take decorative chairs and sculptural tables for example. These items are decor yet they are also meant to be used for seating and serving meals. If we like, we can just use them to decorate the house but they were also made for another purpose. Other types of functional decor include lamps, vases, clocks, and anything that can be used for more than just being put on display.

Since they are meant to reflect their surroundings, mirrors also fall into this category. The function might be one that is decidedly “hands off” but it is a function nonetheless, and one that can help extend the dimensions of a room by way of illusion. This and other interesting abilities of mirrors have made them coveted devices since the first ones were made around two thousand years ago. Before then, people hoping to see their own reflection probably looked into the calm waters of a vase or basin.

The first known mirrors were made of polished metal and stone, and eventually evolved into pieces of glass that used gold and other metals as a reflective backing. During the Renaissance, Venetian glass makers developed techniques for making high quality mirrors (considered to be highly valued luxury items) but the modern day mirror that uses silver backing didn’t appear until the 19th century. In present times, such modern, silver-backed mirrors are common, abundant, and available for a tiny fraction of the price that was paid by royalty and their courtesans for similar mirrors during the 17th century.

Advances in mirror making technology have also resulted in a wide selection of artistic and creative mirrors that can act as fine, functional decor. Such mirrors can be used to work with other types of decor in more than one way. For example, Egyptian-themed mirrors like the Wadjet Egyptian Wall Mirror with Cobra Sconces are an excellent addition for rooms, hallways, or homes that feature other forms of Egyptian art, whereas the Peacock Dreams Mirrored Wall Sculpture works well in rooms that feature Victorian and Art Deco items.

The reflective nature of a mirror can also be used to highlight the beauty of sculptures, floral arrangements, and other types of decor in a room or hallway. Place the fantastic Royal Baroque Mirror in front of or across the room from exquisite decor, and we can further showcase its beauty while decorating with a beautiful hardwood antique replica. This is also why a high quality mirror works well in a hallway that features sconces and decorative lighting, especially candles. Place the mirror where it can best reflect the candle or other light source and it will help with lighting as well as lend a creative touch to the hallway.

When putting a mirror on display, we should also remember that mirrors were first and foremost, meant to be looked at. A small mirror just past the front door, and especially near key and coat hooks, will be much appreciated by guests. Using a creative, decorative looking glass like the Lady of the Lake Art Deco Wall Mirror, or the striking Twin Fairies Mirrored Wall Sculpture can also act as an opportunity to make a fine first impression. Further down the hall, or in other rooms, we can use larger mirrors to keep up with the good impressions. These can take the form of anything from classic antique replicas to something along the lines of the exquisite Madame Antoinette Ebony Salon Mirror.

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Egyptian Art and Other Extraordinary Gift Ideas

Finding the right gift can be a real challenge. Even if we know about the likes, hobbies, and preferences of the people in question, we don’t want to give them something that they already have, nor an average item that will be easily forgotten or put into storage. Yes, at the end of the day, it is the thought that matters, but we would still rather give something that is truly appreciated. To make that happen, we need to put some time and effort into figuring out what they would like, and then actually finding it. When we do find it, though, the happy look in their eyes will be worth all of the time and effort.

When looking for that special gift, one of the factors that can help is remembering to think outside the box. Instead of rushing into shopping, sit back and contemplate what that special person might like. Look around the house for ideas, think about what they like to do, the books they like to read, the movies they watch, and the games they might play. Browse unique online stores and ask yourself if they would like any of the items you see. Ask yourself if they spend time in the garden, enjoy the outdoors, or would rather stay at home. The more questions we ask, the more likely we will find the best gifts for every person on our lists.

Thinking outside the box can also help us find gift possibilities like Gothic art and Egyptian decor. Although we might not have considered such options in the past, that might stem from being unaware of those possibilities. Once we start to look into high quality Egyptian-themed statues and art, we might find wonderful presents for the people on our gift lists as well as ourselves. This might not be too surprising when we consider the history of the Egyptian genre of decor and art.

Although modern pieces that follow an Egyptian theme have their own unique appearance, they still retain the striking colors and ancient symbols that were seen in the courts of the pharaohs. In other words, they are modern representations of art fit for Egyptian royalty, and perhaps this is why such items still lend a regal touch wherever they are put on display. That royal appeal is also one of the reasons why Egyptian-themed decor and art make wonderful gifts for more people on our lists than we realize.

For example, indoor statues like the Gods of Ancient Egypt Sculptures: Anubis and Horus and the ©”Isis, Goddess of Egypt” Statue lend a striking, classic touch to a desk, table, or bedroom by way of striking gold and jet black colors, and fine details that replicate the symbols and sculptures seen in museums and the tombs of the pharaohs. Because of this, these might be excellent gifts for anyone interested in ancient Egypt, classic art, and ancient history.

Likewise, if that special person loves cats, they will probably like the Egyptian Cat Goddess Bastet Sculptures and other striking Egyptian decor with a feline theme. If they like fine decor in general, there’s a good chance that they will love any number of exquisite Egyptian urns, vases, and offering vessels. High quality wall decor also acts as an excellent gift idea, including Egyptian tapestries, fine replicas of antique paintings that show Egyptian themes, and stunning, textured art like the “The Egyptian Pharaoh and His Maidens” Wall Sculpture.  These and many extraordinary, high quality decor items lend an equally high quality touch to any place of residence.

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New Uses for New Decor

No matter how much we love the decor in our home and garden, there eventually comes a time when we need to replace one, two, or all items. Those statues and other items might be getting too old and worn out, or we might just need a change of scenery. Either way, new decor is an easy way to inject a breath of fresh air into the home and office. While that new decor will give the place an automatic, fun, new look, it can also be leveraged in a variety of interesting ways, including the following:

Complement antiques with high quality decor: Antiques are a fine, classy means of decorating any home or place of business. They represent another time and place, and stand on their own in terms of creative beauty. However, they look even better when complemented with other types of high quality decor. For example, creative decor like the Grand Plumage Peacock Sculptural Vase, or pieces that pay homage to the Art-Deco era lend a lovely touch to a room decorated with antique furniture or other items.

It can also be worth it to think outside the box and augment the beauty of an antique display with unique statuary. The Celtic Fairy’s Perilous Perch Garden Statue and other equally exquisite garden fairy statues act as an easy, fine complement to a room with antiques. After enjoying their beauty during the winter months, we can out them outside to give the garden a fresh look.

Use offering vessels to lend a touch of class to the home and place of business: Offering vessels are an easy, fun way to lend a beautiful touch to a home or place of work. They can work as table centerpiece decor, or be placed on a bookshelf, on a mantle, or other surface. Since it’s very easy to find a place for an offering vessel, the most important thing to keep in mind is choosing one that lends a true touch of class. For example, if we put something like the Pharaoh’s Treasure Offering Vessel on display, we can highlight the room with a touch of beautiful royal Egyptian colors and classic ancient Egyptian symbols. The offering vessel itself can be used to display a bouquet of flowers, the scent of fresh potpourri, or a cookie jar.

Lend a touch of fantasy to the home: Folks who enjoy fantasy movies and novels might enjoy updating the home with new, fantasy-themed interior decor. This can take the form of anything from an indoor statue of a raven to a unique sculptural table of a unicorn. Since the unique appearances of such creative, fantasy-themed items stand out, we might only need a few such pieces of decor to give the place a fresh, new look.

Beautiful furniture: Chairs, tables, footstools, and other furniture items can lend a wonderful new look, especially when they are beautiful antique replicas and sculptural works that blend function with decor. The Saint-Lazare Petite Metal Daybed is a unique piece of furniture that can act as a wonderful place for an afternoon nap, a lovely spot to get lost in a good book, or a cozy corner to share with that special person.

Creative lighting: Illumination doesn’t have to be restricted to average track lighting and lamps. We can also combine lighting with decor through the use of beautiful Tiffany-Style lamps, decorative works of art like the Peacock & Wisteria Tiffany-Style Stained Glass Window, and creative sculptural table lamps. These artistic items are an excellent, easy means of lighting a room with detailed, eye-catching decor.

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