SACRED BLUE LILY OF THE NILE - 6.5x6.5 inches $175.00 (SOLD)
Highlighted Species: Nymphaea caerulea
Status: While they have been propagated around the world, their native origins are in the Nile delta. But as the river is greatly polluted now, the flowers are rarely found there, and this is a reflection of the state of the entire wetlands ecosystem in the region.
The sacred blue lily of the Nile has silken petals that form a a cerulean cup that grows up through murky waters to sit pristine upon the waters surface. Originally native to the delta of the Nile, they were abundantly depicted in ancient Egyptian carvings and paintings, and it is speculated that the hallucinogenic and narcotic properties were utilized in rituals.
Nefertum was a beautiful and youthful diety. His dominion was over beauty and fragrance and cosmetics. He was born from a blue lily bud at the beginning of time. Because he was lone at the world’s dawn, he cried, and his tears fell to the earth and became the first humans. Each morning, he was reborn at sunrise, and each sunset he died as the sun traversed into the underworld.
Size: 6 x 6 inches