Finally, like Hurston's, Reed's Moses travels up the Nile to Koptos
to battle a "deathless snake" (178) guarding the Book of Thoth, the ultimate source of Moses's power, confirming both authors' interest in extracanonical versions of the Exodus legend.
A pair of hand-printed Shantung silk banners permanently installed in the museum's Egyptian Galleries, Spero's Koptos Gateway Banners (2003; Fig.
This article traces the origin of recurring goddess images in the artist's trans-historical iconography, her "cast of characters," which reappear in her Koptos Gateway Banners as gestural and figural mutations interacting within the museum's framework.
Nut became a powerful figure for Spero, and she is depicted repeatedly on the Koptos Gateway Banners, as Isis's mother, creator of the world and mother of all gods, protector of the dead, and vehicle of resurrection.
17) Thus, the Koptos Gateway Banners are part of a continuum of re-presentation within Spero's oeuvre, an epic-scale refiguring of symbolic fragments stretching back to prehistoric and classical eras, emblematic of past myths and ceremonies but reconfigured within contemporary feminist perspectives.
In the Koptos Gateway Banners, Spero presents an updated origination myth celebrating the great goddess Isis by interweaving ancient and contemporary images, styles, and compositional strategies.
Another goal of the artist is to recreate a sense of the drama and mystery of ancient rites performed within the Koptos Gateway.
The original cult scenes on the Koptos Gateway depict the goddess Isis entering and inhabiting the temple dedicated to her: "Lady of Upper and Lower Egypt.
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