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Work like an Egyptian

Ancient Egypt has been resurrected at Reigate School of Art, Design and Media this week as part of the students' end of year art exhibition.

This Is Lancashire: Tomb it may concern: Amanda Ward's project took eight months Tomb it may concern: Amanda Ward's project took eight months

Talented sculptor Amanda Ward, 24, from Horley, is currently finishing an HND in sculptural model making and special effects. She hand-carved the nine-foot reconstruction of an Egyptian tomb single-handily over eight months.

She did this despite suffering tendon damage to her wrists and hands caused by the excessive work.

The coffin has been made using similar processes and materials to those used in its original creation back in the time of New Kingdom (1295-1186BC) and it has even been completed in gold leaf.

Amanda said: "This has been very rewarding for me as this course has been like a second chance. In 2001 I gave up a very prestigious degree in my second year at a top London art school.

"I turned my back on my artistic talent and instead worked for a couple of years in different offices. I became very unfulfilled and regretful about the opportunities that I had thrown away so I decided to do something about it and prove to everyone that I still had it in me."

The tomb is featured along with art work by Amanda's fellow classmates at the exhibition on Wednesday, June 16, at Reigate School of Art, Design and Media, East Surrey College, Gatton Point North, Claremont Road, Redhill.

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