Ancient Egyptians grew flowers for bouquets, for offering them in temples and for use in medicine and embalming. Some flowers had religious and ritual roles. Of these, the most important was Nymphaea caerulea – the sacred blue-flowering water lily – the symbol of Upper Egypt.
The lotus, disappearing during the winter and then re-growing in spring, was the symbol of resurrection after death. In early summer, the pools of palace and temples would be transformed into a sea of blue and white flowers (above blue water lily, Egyptian used to grow the white Nymphea lotus too
Right - The hunter's daughter carring lotus flowers and birds. Detail of the Hunting and fishing scene from the Tomb of Menna (ca 1400 BC)
"Pond in a Garden" (fresco from the Tomb of Nebamun)
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