This mandala was inspired by the decorative lid of a large alabaster box belonging to King Tut. I loved the multiple rows of detailed patterns which all lent itself even better in a circular mandala form.
Prior to 2005 I had created to King Tut inspired mandalas. By 2005 I wanted to create another one. This one is my interpretation of a amulet/necklace worn by King Tut and on display at the Cairo Museum. The center scarab in this case represents Tut being carried off to the afterlife in a boat. The cobras and other scarabs are there to protect him on his journey.