I love Anubis. This is handmade in paper mache and then mounted on a bit of cotton fabric. I bought him from a folk artist in Luxor.

The tribal region of Egypt produces splendid metal sculpture. I bought this little skinny elephant on the street.

These four burial jars are carvings of the Egyptian gods Imsety (liver), Duamutef (stomach), Hapy (lungs), and Qebehsenuef (intenstines). These four gods that are the face of canopic jars stand guard over certain pieces of the person with whom they are entombed. I like the way Egyptians have a face CONTINUE >

What I love about this wooden couple is the man’s little curling chest hairs poking out of his tunic. Egyptian men are passionate, garroulous, and terrific talkers. This handsome fellow and his wife look a lot like the people we met. I’m an excellent bargainer, and I had my hands CONTINUE >

This little brass mirror is from a fair trade shop in Luxor. The brass in Egypt is beautiful, and I love the little hammered design on the front. I tied the mirror doors shut with a little Bedouin camel tassel.

Bedouin tribal weddings use this shawl for the bride. The whole village makes the shawl together. I think these are splendid, and I was sorely tempted to take more than one home from Luxor, but, as it is, I’ve no more wall space in my house here. Our home is CONTINUE >

This little green Anubis is from Luxor. I really love his casual, hippy vibe, like he’s just hanging out having a good time. One of the coolest things about Luxor, other than the glorious Nile river, is that many of the people ride about in donkey carts. Donkeys, unlike horses, CONTINUE >