My sweetheart, Bill, and I were shopping about nine years ago at Sunvalley Mall in Concord long before I had my shop, and we spotted this 6 foot tall Sarcophagus of King Tut in one of the shops. We both liked it and always wanted a conversation piece in our home. We had to ponder where we would put this item if we purchased it. It really didn’t match our décor at all. It took us a few months, but we decided to purchase it and thought it would feel at home in our dining room.
We don’t frequent the mall much, so when we went back to the mall to purchase it, we found out that the store was no longer there. We were so disappointed. We both said, “now what?” since we had our hearts set on purchasing it.
My dining room theme was pretty much Italian at that time. But maybe it was time to change it into something else or at the very least, incorporate something new into the mix. I called the mall and told them about the dilemma and they gave me a phone number to call for the company that moved out of the mall that was selling the Sarcophagus. I called them, gave my credit card number to them for payment, and anxiously awaited its delivery.
The day came when the Sarcophagus was delivered to my home. It was pretty heavy, being all made of wood, about 150 lbs. It even opens up to find shelves for CDs, books, etc. We put him in his special place in our dining room and not long after he was put in his place, I felt him calling to me telling me he was lonesome. Ok, so maybe I got a little carried away, but something in that face looked lonely to me.
What followed was an Egyptian shopping spree which netted a large bust of King Tut’s stepmother, Nefertiti, a three foot tall King Tut clock, a three foot tall Bastet, a four foot tall slave girl holding a planter, a three foot wide bust of Isis, a four foot wide wall hanging containing Egyptian artifacts, as well as camel sconces, papyrus wall hangings, etc.
Now Tut is not lonely any more.
There is something quite special about these Egyptian home décor pieces. It was strange that I had this urge to fill my dining room with these items when I really never gave it too much thought before. After all, my ancestors were from Italy and Yugoslavia (now Croatia), not Egypt.
Bill and I always wanted a suit of armor for our foyer, but realistically, our home is not big enough for that.
Our Sarcophagus worked for us and we love it. Bill jokingly says that he could be buried in it. What a goofy thought. But maybe not — it sure was cheaper than a coffin would be. Perish the thought!