EGYPT / VASES / GALERIE KREO / 2016
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The newly designed vases by Jean-Baptiste Fastrez for Galerie kreo continue the
dialogue between functional object and ritualistic origins that commenced with his
mask mirror collection (2012). Inspired by the canopic jars used in the burial rituals in
the ancient Egypt, the similar bodies of the vases are distinguished by different lid
ornaments evoking the Egyptian divinities guardians of their content. The figurative
representation has been abstractly reinterpreted through geometric shapes more
attuned with contemporary visual language: the solar disk for RĂ‚, the pointy ears of
the jackal for ANUBIS, and the royal crook and flail for OSIRIS. The juxtaposition of
ancient and contemporary references blurs the temporal and functional origin of the object.

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