Carina Wagenaar – Project ‘Amulet’ – Dubai 2018

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Project Amulet

What can we learn from the ancient Egyptian culture? This question was the source of inspiration for a new series of symbolic medallion artworks created by Carina Wagenaar.

The origin of the word amulet comes from the Arabic word; Hamület, meaning ‘something which is worn or carried’. The sacred, magical charms which the Egyptians possessed, claimed to ward off evil and to attract good luck. They were incorporated in jewelry, used in rituals, sewn on to clothing, or placed between bandages of a mummy; both living and dead made use of them as a protective item.

Gold has always been of great value. For the ancient Egyptians, gold was a divine metal, and therefore had the power of divine life: immortality.


By introducing luxurious storytelling medallion artworks, Carina grounded her reputation at the design and art loving world. Her vision about the importance of details in life can be seen in every unique work she creates. Many interior architects show strong affection for her use of contradiction of different styles and embrace these crossovers in art, fashion and design. More and more interest is also being shown for customized works. It enables the client to tell an own unique story through an elegant wall jewel which enriches the designated environment with a personal touch. Project ‘Amulet’ will be presented for the first time in Dubai. These large medallions are inspired by the ancient Egyptian times in which amulets were a sacred and magical charm and protective item, made of nature’s abundance. Carina uses gold-plated modern materials to create new amulets, which amaze and astonish the spectators and aim to bring a message to its surrounding.

Background information

Artist and designer Carina Wagenaar finished her degree at the Amsterdam University of Art & History. After working for fashion brands Oilily and Bad Boys, she decided to choose her own artistic path in combining Art, Fashion and Design.
Inspired by jewellery medallions, lace and cameos she offers the viewer unique wall objects with contemporary translations of various detailed themes.

By taking this approach, Carina is often asked to get involved with many design and art projects. The growing success of her artworks has enabled her to exhibit on key locations like;

– Ventura Lambrate during Salone del Mobile, Milan 2016
– Wanted Design Manhattan – Ventura Projects, New York 2016
– Maison & Objet – the House of Games – Nelly Rodi, Paris 2016
– Paul Smith, Mayfair London 2016
– Kazerne & DDW, Eindhoven 2016-2017
– Masterly during Salone del Mobile, Milan 2017
– Von Hessenbeck Gallery, Florence 2017/2018
– Saatchi Gallery – Screenproject, London 2017/2018
– Doen, Rotterdam 2017/2018
– INDEX-Ventura Dubai, Dubai 2018


Following pieces of Project ‘Amulet’ can be seen at the exhibition of Ventura Dubai at INDEX Dubai- from 26-29 March at Dubai World Trade Centre.

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Opening hours during INDEX Dubai (26-29 March)

 Trade Visitors:
Mon 26th March 11.00 am – 7.00 pm
Tue 27th March 11.00 am – 9.00 pm
Wed 28th March 11.00 am -7.00 pm
Thu 29th March 11.00 am – 6.00 pm

Public Tickets:
Tue 27th March 2.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Wed 28th March 2.00 pm – 7.00 pm
Thu 29th March 2.00 pm – 6.00 pm

Please note that you can register to attend the event for free by clicking here:


XXL Amulet Medallion ‘Osiris’; The structure of your being, is held together by the spine; your foundation and core values rely on it. The Egyptian god Osiris, symbol to the spine, demonstrates structure, stability and sustainability in life. The three keys represent the access to positive thinking and positive acting, resulting in positive feeling. The multitude of shining stars articulate the sparkles of life and help bridge the gap between the earthly and the heavenly.

Thin layered gold, 2,5 kr. & >1400 Swarovski crystals.


(Photo XXL Amulet Medallion ‘Osiris’ 1,85 x 1,05 x 0,20 m incl. ring- credits WJW)

(Photo XXL Amulet Medallion ‘Osiris’ – credits WJW)

(Photo Detail XXL Amulet Medallion ‘Osiris’ – credits WJW)

XXL Amulet Medallion ‘Scarab’; The scarab, god of the rising sun, is a beloved symbol of rebirth, immortality, potency, reproduction and wisdom. This amulet and lucky charm has two halves which represents our left and right hemisphere; our thinking (left) and our feeling (right). By developing both halves equally, we learn to act well balanced and life with strength.

Thin layered gold, 2,5 kr. & >2000 Swarovski crystals.

(Photo XXL Amulet Medallion ‘Scarab’1,85 x 1,05 x 0,20 m incl. ring- credits WJW)

(Photo XXL Amulet Medallion ‘Scarab’- credits WJW)

XL Amulet Medallion ‘Horus’; The falcon ‘Horus’ is the ancient god of the sky and guards the earth and its nature. The lotus flower reflects earths eternal renewal of life, which brings new opportunities and new beginnings. Nature has also an important nourishing task, shown by the 4 feeding bottles; one for each season. In the modern era of environmental threat, we can still learn from Horus, to better cherish our fragile nature which our existence depends on.

Thin layered gold, 2,5 kr.

(Photo Detail XL Amulet Medallion ‘Horus’-god of the sky-credits WJW)

(Photo XL Amulet Medallion ‘Horus’ 1,05 x 0,55 x 0,10 incl. ring -credits WJW)

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