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Beauty of Egyptian Lotus Flower Garlands and Wreaths

Egyptian Lotus Flower
Egyptian Lotus Flower

The lotus flower is one of the most beautiful flowers in the world with a long history in many Egyptian religious and cultural decorating ceremonies. Egyptians prized the lotus flower as it came to symbolize the Sun and creation.


Beauty of Egyptian Lotus Flower Garlands and Wreaths



In ancient Egypt, the creation of lotus flower garlands and wreaths became an art form so prized these adornments were held by the highly civilized nation with reverence. With them, the composition of a garland possessed a deep significance, and warriors, political leaders, and poets alike sought-after these flower and aromatic plant emblems as their most valued status.

The ancient Egyptians did not confine flowers and aromatic plants to their sacred rites; they also considered them as essential to their day-to-day life. The Egyptians, though they offered the finest fruit and the finest flowers to the Gods, and employed perfumes at all their sacred festivals, as well as at their daily oblations, were lavish in the use of flowers at their private entertainments, and in all circumstances of their everyday life.

At a reception given by an Egyptian peer of the realm, it was customary, after the ceremony of anointing, for each guest to be presented with a Lotus-flower when entering and this flower the guest continued to hold in his hand throughout the ceremony. Servants brought necklaces of flowers and aromatic plants composed chiefly of the Lotus; a garland was placed round the head, and a single Lotus flower was so attached as to hang over the forehead.

Besides lotus flowers, many flowers and aromatic plants were made into wreaths and other garland crafts, were suspended upon stands placed in the room, garlands of Crocus and Saffron encircled the wine cups, and over and under the tables were strewn various sweet-smelling flowers.

Wreaths and garlands were in common use among the Egyptians at a very early period; and although the Lotus was principally preferred in their formation, many other flowers and leaves were used such as the orange and yellow chrysanthemum, purple acinos, yellow acacia tree, yellowish green young branches of the strychnos.

Also used in many Egyptian flower arrangements were the persoluta, anemone, convolvulus, olive, myrtle, amaracus, xeranthemum, bay tree, and many others. In fact, when Agesilaus, King of Sparta who commanded the Spartan army throughout the period supremacy, visited Egypt, he was so delighted with the wreaths of Papyrus sent him by King Nectaneb, that he took some home when he returned to Sparta.

Ancient Egyptians considered flowers essential to day-to-day life.
The gardens of ancient Egypt.



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