one of the most beautiful women in the world, "Nefertiti was the
queen of Egypt at one time and the bust, found in one of the tombs is
either a perfect likeness or the imaginative work of a most amazing
Well that got our attention. DeNomolos set the mood and as he placed antiquities on the table for our edification, he felt that it was necessary for us to have some background on the players who would grace the evening's presentation.
"Oddly enough the left eye of the statue is missing and probably just fell out. I doubt that it was of any significance any way."
One could only guess what he meant by that but that was the way he often presented things. Kept us guessing. Too often the little insignificant things are the very ploy he plays against us.
On the table now was a small metal
plate with the likeness of Neffertiti inscribed on its face; an owl
shaped container that appeared to be lacquer ware with gold leaf.
Actually there were two of these containers; a small one about two
inches tall and the larger one was about five inches tall. They
resembled the canopic
Alabaster containers were very popular for cosmetics and unguents. Glass was very rare in Ancient Egypt so it was treasured. Wooden cups were common but lacquer ware was something seen only in the royal tombs.
DeNomolos opened the larger owl container and removed what appeared to be a string of beads. At first examination they looked to be gold and lapis strung side by side in a strand some eighteen inches long. He placed these on the plate showing the container to be empty now.
"You have heard me state many times the importance of order in the lives and religion of the Egyptians. When order is established the order will remain for eternity. That theme is interwoven in every aspect of the ancient civilization. The pyramids are over 3,000 years old and were so well ordered that they remain one of the wonders of both the ancient and the modern world."
DeNomolos was getting wound up now and I sensed that he was about to confound our minds once again.
"As I understand the situation," he said, "the beads were found in Nefertiti's tomb and to this day, as charmingly simple as they look, they are most mysterious and still hold the essence of that unbelievably beautiful woman. They were her favorite every day jewelry and were buried with her to enjoy in the after life."
"Let me show you something remarkable."
DeNomolos picked up a pair of scissors and holding the string of bead above the opened owl container he cut the string at the bottom bead and the beads fell cascading into the wooden container. He then held the single bead that had been at the top of the strand and began to wind the string around his finger and the bead. He deftly placed it in the container and placed the lid back on the owl. From the small owl container he took a small piece of papyrus and mumbled some sort of a spell or incantation. Replacing the tiny scrap of papyrus in the owl box he closed his eyes and nodded several times.
As though awakening from a trance, he opened his eyes and reached for the large container, which only moments before had contained the loose beads from the necklace. Reaching into the box with but two fingers, he extracted the beads, which had magically become restrung.
He smiled, nodded again and the
ritual was complete.
The index finger and the second finger pick up the strand of beads and slowly display them as restored. While it has never been a problem, should some one discover the single bead left in the container it is easily dismissed as, "Oops, I missed one."
OK, it is pretty simple magic but
effective with the story. It takes time to rethread so you won't
do it as walk around.
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