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Re: Egyptian art

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wendy sauls (wsauls)
Wed, 21 Jul 1999 22:12:26 -0400


i hope no one thinks this is really morbid and horrible...i collect dead
bugs that i find outside! i started with a beautiful dragonfly i found lying
in my yard, then i found a shell i guess a bee shed (i didn't know they did
this!), and i have assorted butterflies and beetles. i don't know anything
about preserving them - i just lay them on a shelf - but all the ones i have
found have alread been pretty dried out already. i have always been
appalled by the butterfly collection on pins type of thing but to me
treasuring/rescuing them after they've passed on doesn't seem like the same
thing at all. anyway, the reason i'm sharing this is that i've always
thought it would be neat to make a little sarcophagus for each of them! i
haven't actually tried this with my kids yet, but i envision giving them
lots of time to look for and find a dead bug (they would have to PROMISE ON
THEIR HONOR not to kill one!) in advance. then when we got ready to do the
project they could research the kind of bug they had so that they could make
symbolic images on their sarcophagus to tell about/represent special
characteristics of that insect. maybe they could even design and make a
temple to put the bug in (similar to the pyramid concept) and do bug
paintings on the walls and make up a story about the bug afterlife... too
wacky? but fun, i think, and not jsut reproducing egyptian art but getting
more into interpretation -

:) wendy