Sunday, June 28, 2009
Ramses III of Egypt and Early Flower Pots
Originally uploaded by dalbera
La tombe du Prince Khaemouaset (VdR 44) dans la Vallée des Reines (Thèbes ouest, Egypte)
Wow, I just learned that flower pots are documented back to the time of Ramses III, Pharoah of Egypt, as long ago as 1230 B.C. Scholars call Ramses III creative and an innovator, and the last of the great Pharoahs.
Born in 1198 B.C. when Egypt enjoyed security, Ramses built many temples and palaces, including the famed architecture at the much visited and admired Abu Simbel. He used earthenware flower pots in the 514 semi-public gardens that he established.
His gardeners filled the pots with colorful flowers and shrubs, and with papyrus plants, which was a break in tradition with Egypt's formal gardens.
Ramses III had the pots set along walkways in temples and gardens, which makes me think that he had a bit of the gardener's soul in him.