WORK IN PROGRESS

 

Tchavdar is developing a unique collection of micro sculptures in Black Coral. It is inspired by the ancient Japanese art of OJIME.  They are known as the Magical Jewels of Japan. Ojime are Focal beads crafted with such intricate detail that often it is necessary to use a magnifying glass to appreciate their beauty.

While the concept of the Ojime focal beads is very Japanese, the subject matter Tchavdar chooses can span all world cultures. For this one he chose The Ancient Egyptian Goddess Bast

  Bast or Bastet was one of the most popular goddesses of ancient Egypt. She is generally thought of as a cat goddess.. She personified the playfulness, grace, affection, and cunning of a cat as well as the fierce power of a lioness. She was thought to be the mother of Nefertum (who was a god of perfume). Thus her name implies that she is sweet and precious, but that under the surface lay the heart of a predator.

Cats were sacred to her, and to harm one was considered to be a crime against her and so very unlucky. Her priests kept sacred cats in her temple, which were considered to be incarnations of the goddess. When they died they were mummified and could be presented to the goddess as an offering. The ancient Egyptians placed great value on cats because they protected the crops and slowed the spread of disease by killing vermin. As a result, Bast was seen as a protective goddess. Evidence from tomb paintings suggests that the Egyptians hunted with their cats (who were apparently trained to retrieve prey) and also kept them as loved pets. Thus it is perhaps unsurprising that Bast was so popular.