amber and gold

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  1. navidsalar Senior Member

    Persian
    Hi,

    In the following paragraph, does amber and gold refer to stars?

    "As the sky above grew translucent, streaked with amber and gold, a funerary shroud settled over the City of Lions, a mantle that disguised the approach of armed men."

    Thanks

    Source: Men of Bronze: Celebrating 10 Years, by Scott Oden (2006)
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  2. cyberpedant

    cyberpedant Senior Member

    North Adams, MA
    English USA, Northeast, NYC
    Sounds like sunrise to me, but further context might elucidate.
     
  3. navidsalar Senior Member

    Persian
    Here is the complete paragraph:

    In the blue predawn twilight, a mist rose from the Nile’s surface, flowing up the reed-choked banks and into the ruined streets of Leontopolis. Remnants of monumental architecture floated like islands of stone on a calm morning sea. Streamers of moisture swirled around statues of long-dead pharaohs, flowed past stumps of columns broken off like rotted teeth, and coursed down sandstone steps worn paper-thin by the passage of years. As the sky above grew translucent, streaked with amber and gold, a funerary shroud settled over the City of Lions, a mantle that disguised the approach of armed men.
     
  4. cyberpedant

    cyberpedant Senior Member

    North Adams, MA
    English USA, Northeast, NYC
    Here's the major clue: "the blue predawn twilight." The moments before sunrise.
     
  5. navidsalar Senior Member

    Persian
    That's right
    Tnx
     
  6. Uriel-

    Uriel- Senior Member

    New Mexico, US
    American English
    Amber and gold are the colors of the sky itself, not the stars. They are deep shades of orange and yellow.
     
  7. navidsalar Senior Member

    Persian
    Oh, I see. Thank you Uriel
     

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