“...as my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues, and gold - everywhere the glint of gold. For the moment - an eternity it must have seemed to the others standing by - I was struck dumb with amazement, and when Lord Carnarvon, unable to stand the suspense any longer, inquired anxiously, 'Can you see anything?' it was all I could do to get out the words, 'Yes, wonderful things.”
ON OPENING THE TOMB OF TUTANKHAMUN
Welcome to Wonderful Things Art, established in 2020 to share high-quality digital reproductions of Ancient Egyptian artwork based on real Egyptian sites and museum collections.
I’m Natalie Watson, an archaeologist specialising in Egyptology currently working as the Director of a museum and archive in Somerset, UK. I set up WTA as a way of sharing with others the joy and beauty in ancient Egyptian art, and as a creative way to indulge my lifelong obsession!
My reproductions are created digitally using only the original source material to ensure they are as authentic as possible. I do extensive research into the background of the piece’s history before I start, deciphering the symbolism behind the artwork and, where possible, translating the hieroglyphs. I like to select artwork which isn’t as well known as the great treasures often replicated when telling Egypt’s story, bringing my archaeological perspective to every piece.
You can browse my current available prints and follow the links to purchase them via my Etsy shop, Wonderful Things Art. My blog is a place for me to share articles with more in-depth information about the history behind my artwork and you can watch my time-lapse videos to see how each piece of artwork is created.
If you would like me to reproduce your own favourite piece of artwork, or personalise existing items in my collection, please get in touch. I’m always looking for new pieces of artwork to reproduce, and am happy to work with you to create a customised piece.