Papyrus Plants - Egyptian Paintings On Papyrus paper - Papyrus Crafts And Art

by VioletteRose

Papyrus plants were used to make papyrus paper which were used to make great Egyptian paintings. Papyrus paper made from papyrus plants are also used to make paper crafts and so

Papyrus plants which are used to make papyrus papers on which great, famous Egyptian paintings were made are known by the name Cyperus Papyrus which is a tall, leafless aquatic plant which can grow up to 16 feet high.

Cyperus papyrus plant has rigid, triangular stem which has a white pith inside. Papyrus is usually planted by rhizomes in moist, fertile soil in pots and then submerged in an aquatic environment or can be planted directly into 3 feet muddy soil. You can also grow papyrus from seeds. Propagation is through either seeds or division of rhizomes. Cut the rhizomes and grow them as individual plants. Papyrus needs full exposure to sun for growth and they can tolerate annual temperatures of 20 °C (68 °F) to 30 °C (86 °F).

Papyrus plant has zero frost tolerance and should be moved indoors for the winter. If there is no enough sunlight, artificial light has to be supplied. Papyrus plants prefer moist, warm environments and hence they are suitable for water gardens and bogs.

Papyrus paper from papyrus plant is first known to have been used in ancient Egypt, but it was also used through out the Mediterranean region. The modern technique of papyrus production in Egypt was developed in 1962 by the Egyptian engineer Hassan Ragab using plants that had been reintroduced into Egypt in 1872 from France, since papyrus had become extinct in Egypt. Today both Sicily and Egypt have limited papyrus production.

Papyrus plant is a sedge which grew mainly along the Nile river and it had great importance in the ancient Egyptian culture. Egyptians used papyrus mainly for making paper and also for making boats, mattresses, mats, rope, sandals, and baskets. The papyrus rhizomes were used in food and the stems were used for fuel. Even today, people from East and Central Africa harvest papyrus to manufacture items like baskets, hats, mats etc. Papyrus crafts and paintings are one of the main attractions in the modern times.

Papyrus plants in Cairo Egyptian Museum
20111103_Egypt_1323 Cairo Egyptian Museum papyrus and lotus
Papyrus blooms
Papyrus blooms

Papyrus as a writing material

Papyrus was widely used as a writing material, especially in Egypt.The stems of the plant have white pith inside which was used to make paper. Papyrus had been processed to make sheets and the sheets were stuck together to make a roll.

Rolls measuring even 45 yards have been found. In later centuries papyrus sheets were used to make codex, a papyrus book. So many fragments of papyrus rolls and codices are found today which shows the significance of its usage in the ancient times. 

papyrus paper
papyrus paper

Ancient Egyptian Papyrus Drawing Book can be used for sketching, drawing or designing. This unique spiral bound hard covered book includes acid free bright white paper and has twin loop wire spring binding. It is a great alternative to the standard photo album.

The Rhind Mathematical Papyrus gives much information about the Egyptian Mathematics which dates from around 1650 BC. It is located in the British museum. Another main source of ancient Egyptian mathematics  is the Moscow Mathematical Papyrus. It is located in the Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, and contains mathematics problems and solutions. The Berlin Papyrus, The Reisner Papyri, The Kahun Papyrus and The Egyptian Mathematical Leather Roll are some other sources of ancient Egyptian mathematics.

Papyrus paper craft

Papyrus papers can be used for doing craft projects with kids. They can do a variety of activities to understand and learn more about papyrus.  Kids can write their names using the ancient Egyptian alphabets and also read about the history of papyrus. They can use the antique parchment style papers to illustrate poems and short stories using medieval letters and scripts. They can even design their own Egyptian art work! Use papyrus bookmarks with Egyptian designs in your favorite book to add an Egyptian touch.

Baskets made from papyrus

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Making beautiful baskets from papyrus has become one of the main sources of income for women in Uganda, a country in East Africa. Traditionally this type of baskets were used only for household purposes though today they are made for commercial purposes as well.

Papyrus Paintings

Papyrus paintings tell stories from ancient times. Each painting is a story either about ancient kings, queens or something related to the ancient Egyptian culture. These beautiful paintings can be used to decorate homes and offices. Many of the paintings depict stories of Ramesses The Great who was the third Egyptian Pharaoh, Horus  who is one of the oldest and most significant deities in ancient Egyptian religion, Queen Cleopatra and Nefertiti who was the Great Royal Wife of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten.

Other Related Products

Coffee Mug with beautiful designs from ancient Egyptian art and a book describing the Egyptian Antiquities in British Museum.

Do you like papyrus paintings?

Updated: 12/03/2016, VioletteRose
 
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VioletteRose on 06/18/2015

Thank you so much for reading blackspanielgallery!

blackspanielgallery on 06/14/2015

I knew it was used for writing, but the other uses are new to me.

VioletteRose on 04/05/2014

Thank you so much ologsinquito, and sorry for the late reply. I saw your comment just now!

ologsinquito on 12/21/2013

Those papyrus baskets are really beautiful.

VioletteRose on 12/20/2013

Thank you cmoneyspinner, glad you like the picture!

cmoneyspinner on 12/18/2013

I sure like that picture of Cleopatra. I don't think I've ever seen earrings like that. :)

VioletteRose on 12/09/2013

Thank you Katiem2!

katiem2 on 12/06/2013

Beautiful plant and complimentary art, well done.

VioletteRose on 12/05/2013

Thank you all for the nice comments!

KathleenDuffy on 12/04/2013

Lovely article on a plant full of history. I love the items you have chosen too. Thanks!


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