Primeval Hill

Oil on canvas. 14 x 14cm. 1988

When the original creator god came into being from the primordial ocean, he then created a mound of earth on which to rest, before continuing the creation of life. The ancient Egyptian would be reminded of this every year with the annual flooding of the Nile when all the arable land was covered with water. As the flood receded, mounds of earth would appear again; mounds of very fertile soil, full of life, on which they would then plant their crops.

A mound similar to the one in the painting is illustrated in Spell 86 of the Papyrus of Ani, XIX Dynasty. The eye of Ra is found in many papyri.