I recently bought a statue of Serqet, a replica of the goddess’s statue in Tutankhamun’s tomb. The statue already had lost her scorpion, but she was beautiful so I purchased her anyway. When I received the package it wasn’t encased in foam like many statues, but was wrapped like a mummy with newspaper and packing tape. It would have been more fitting to open a statue of Osiris that way!
As I finally freed her from her newspaper wrappings, however, I heard something rattling inside.
No, it wasn’t a scorpion.
One of her arms had broken off at the elbow while the base had broken clean away from the statue at the ankles. I thought about returning the statue, but then I became determined to mend it. I was certain I could fix her. It was time I had to fix my desktop statue of Isis anyway who had lost her crown during a recent drop from her file cabinet perch.
Some people swear by Goop, but I used jeweler’s epoxy which takes awhile to set, but it doesn’t stink up the house.
I mixed the resin (red tube) with the hardener (black tube) and started with the easy project, attaching Isis’s crown.
I had to hold the crown in place while the glue set (about 5 minutes). During that time I started an impromptu crowning prayer to Isis. The Catholics have a crowning ceremony to the Virgin Mary statue in May so I used this as my way to “crown” Isis.
I crown you, O Isis
Great is your love
For all your children.
Receive your crown
From your daughter
As a sign of my devotion
And love for You.
I didn’t have a prayer for Serqet as I tried to fix her statue. It was very tricky and I needed all my concentration not to botch it up. I first attached her arm and held the statue and her forearm for at least 10 minutes. As the minutes ticked by and I grew impatient for the glue to dry; I started a meditation. I thought about how countless other statues were broken by time and religious fanaticism. We have the capacity to destroy many beautiful things, but also we have the power to mend what was broken.
As Kemetics we are searching through the pieces left by time. We try to put them back together, but some of the pieces are still missing. Instead of abandoning the broken pieces, we instead start mending, add our own unique blend – a glue so to speak – that wasn’t authentic to the ancients but speaks to us. We bring our culture, our history and our personalities to our worship and our relationship with the gods.
Finally I let go of Serqet’s arm (and it held). I thought about how through the Kemetic faith the gods are finally able to reach out to us. They have arms in which to embrace us and hands to touch our lives again. As I went on to attach the rest of the statue to the base I thought of how they have feet on the Earth again and have a presence in this world through us.
Here is the end result:
Kemetics – mending what was broken 2,000 years ago.