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Write like an Egyptian: This pen collection is inspired by pharaohs and tombs

Montblanc is bringing back its Egyptian Fountain Pens from the 1920s, updated for the modern pen enthusiast.

Write like an Egyptian: This pen collection is inspired by pharaohs and tombs

Montblanc High Artistry Heritage Egyptomania. (Photo: Montblanc)

Montblanc’s High Artistry Editions push the boundaries of pen design. More than functional writing instruments, each pen in the collection is a piece of art in itself.

Back in the 1920s, the world was captivated by Egyptian civilisation. This obsession was largely driven by the discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb, which started the new era of "Egyptomania". Egyptomania soon found its way into several aspects of Western culture, including literature, architecture, art, film, politics and religion.

Riding on this wave, Montblanc released the Egyptian Fountain Pen, its design inspired by ancient Egyptian civilisation.

Fast forward to today, the luxury pen maker is resurrecting this century-old trend with the new Montblanc Heritage Egyptomania collection. 

Made up of five different precious writing instruments, the collection uses different techniques to revive some of Ancient Egypt’s most magnificent treasures – stone-cutting and setting, hand-engraving, lacquering, elaborate goldsmithing and gold sculpture.

The overall shape of the writing instrument is reminiscent of a sarcophagus, with a special cap mechanism to open and close the pen.

The cap top of the sarcophagus of the Limited Edition 1 and Limited Edition 5 versions is inspired by the Uraeus Serpent that adorns the crown of the Kings and Queens. While the cobra is a symbol of power and royalty, the special falcon centre stone setting symbolises divine kingship.

The scarab featured on each cap top is a symbol of immortality and rebirth in ancient Egyptian religion. The cap of the sarcophagus is embellished with a set of real hieroglyphics that illustrate the word “Montblanc”. Created in partnership with an expert in Egyptology, the symbols translate to “white stone mountain”.

See the five limited-edition writing instruments below.

Montblanc High Artistry Heritage Egyptomania Limited Edition 1 Treasure. (Photo: Montblanc)

Limited to just one piece worldwide, the Montblanc High Artistry Heritage Limited Edition 1 Treasure is inspired by the treasures of the sarcophagus of the kings and queens of Egypt. This set with blue sapphires, lapis lazuli and Egyptian turquoise features a blue lotus flower reminiscent of the lotus found in Tutankhamen’s tomb on the writing instrument.  

The unmistakable blue striped pattern on the beard of Tutankhamen’s death mask covers the barrel of the writing instrument set with blue sapphires.

Montblanc High Artistry Heritage Egyptomania Limited Edition 1 Pharaoh. (Photo: Montblanc)

The Montblanc High Artistry Heritage Egyptomania Limited Edition 1 Pharaoh celebrates the opulence and artistry of the sarcophagi of the kings and queens of Ancient Egypt. 

This colourful edition pairs yellow gold with a combination of precious stones inspired by the magnificent materials used in ancient Egyptian art and objects.

Montblanc High Artistry Heritage Egyptomania Limited Edition 10. (Photo: Montblanc)

The Montblanc High Artistry Heritage Egytomania Limited Edition 10 is reminiscent of the richly decorated gold exterior of Tutankhamen's sarcophagus.

This edition showcases the gold work and engraving know-how of Montblanc's artisans, with intricate depictions inspired by objects found in his tomb, including the king’s gold hunting knife sheath.

Montblanc High Artistry Heritage Egyptomania Limited Edition 5. (Photo: Montblanc)

With a design based on the legendary heart scarab of Tutankhamen, the Montblanc High Artistry Heritage Egyptomania Limited Edition 5 pays homage to Ancient Egyptian stone-setting and gold work with delicate inlays of colourful stones.

Montblanc High Artistry Heritage Egyptomania Limited Edition 72. (Photo: Montblanc)

The final edition in the collection is the Montblanc High Artistry Heritage Egyptomania Limited Edition 72. This edition celebrates the art and traditions of Egypt in a dazzling combination of solid yellow gold, sterling silver, carnelian, turquoise and lapis lazuli.

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Source: CNA/st(ds)

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