The Alexandrian Library Pun
Purpose: Design entry for @ Your Library Design a Tote Contest
Copyright: Jenny Hale - October 14, 2009
Tidbit: The ancient Egyptians loved wordplay and incorporated that into their artwork. This design reflects that: "the center of knowledge," can mean a library, but it can also signify the Egyptians' belief that the heart was the "center of knowledge and emotion of the soul." The heart scarab protected a deceased person's soul in the Afterlife. This iconographic symbol is pictured in the design, inspired by Tutankhamun's heart scarab, which is itself used to create a pun on a funerary object: the shape of the vessel, in this case a mirror container, is an ankh, which means "life" but it can also mean "mirror."