martes, 14 de julio de 2015

Royal and divine triad

Royal and divine triad

Our first image of Osiris appears in the middle of the massive statue carved into a thick back pillar, depicted in his most common representation, with feet joined, his body wrapped in a shroud, and two scepters-the crook and the flail-in his hands. He is wearing a mitered headdress flanked with two ostrich plumes, and has a long beard, which curls up at the bottom.
When Osiris died, he was the first to receive the mummification rites: his body, saved in this form, became the prototype for Egyptian mummies. Isis and Anubis resurrected Osiris by inventing the technique; the Egyptians then reproduced what they believed to be an essential practice. A person's soul, the ba, represented here as a human-headed bird, was able to leave the tomb during the day to fly among the living, as long as it could return to the body in the tomb. Hence the Egyptian title of the Book of the Dead: the "Book of Coming Forth by Day."
According to myth, Osiris was an ancient king of Egypt, a good man and wise ruler. After his assassination, he became the god of the dead, and his son, Horus, succeeded him on earth. Since then, every king of Egypt becomes an embodiment of Horus in turn.
Osiris is surrounded by his successors: to his right, the king (anonymous); and to his left, Horus, a falcon-headed man, wearing the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt. The royal insignia of the uraeus, a cobra with its hood extended, adorns the brows of all three figures

 © 2006 Musée du Louvre / Christian Décamps

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