jueves, 13 de noviembre de 2014

Twists of mud deposited as offerings

Twists of mud deposited as offerings

Part of a large find of twisted rods of mud, deposited as if a votive offering or part of a rite of protection, at the temple of Osiris at Abydos. The find was dated by the excavator to the Old Kingdom, but parallels from more recent excavations suggest a date in the Early Dynastic Period. At that time the cult of Osiris is not attested at Abydos; instead the local deity was a royal funerary god Khentimentiu 'Foremost of the Westerners', associated with the burials of the first kings of Egypt in the desert at the site.


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