I was shopping for my little sister’s birthday present when I was struck head-on with the odd fascination English has with foreign words. I’d already noted it here in regards to Aztec – today I found something from a more ancient culture. Though Egypt and Egyptology has fascinated a variety of peoples and countries, usually this fascination is obvious. Take the Egyptian-style theaters of 20s or the obelisks favored for a variety of monuments. Take jewelry and the Art Deco ‘Egyptian style’.
More specifically, take the “Narmer Necklace“. This particular piece of jewelry does not openly display its affiliation with Egypt, though there are some visible links to art deco style. However, there is no real mention of who Narmer is or any indication of the two symbols that make up his name – a fish shape, and a chisel shape. Narmer is considered to be the first king of a unified Egypt. And now, his name gets to be a part of popular jewelry. World conquest, here we come!