With recurring themes of power, deceit, fratricide, necrophilia, honour and bloodshed, it’s no wonder that the lives of the ancient Egyptians are so fascinating. Osiris was one of the most important deity figures in ancient Egypt, known as the god of the underworld, life and death. For ancient Egyptians, Osiris was most widely venerated as the god of resurrection and new life—motifs that were constantly at the forefront of ancient Egyptians’ lives and beliefs. The first-century Greek scholar, Plutarch, describes Osiris as the figure who “took the Egyptians from savage and destitute life, teaching them how to cultivate the fruits of the earth and how to honour the gods.”
This exhibition at Barcelona’s Egyptian Museum offers a collection of artefacts related to the god ‘that remains perfect’, with objects including statues, amulets (objects to protect the wearer), stelae (funerary tombstones), ushebtis (funerary figures placed in tombs to work for the deceased in the afterlife) and scepters (ornate staff or wand carried by royalty), as well as a wooden sarcophagus from the third century B.C.
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