Osiris

Osiris

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Osiris - 6x6" mixed media on board.

The Egyptian god Osiris was both a god of the underworld and a god of resurrection, fertility, agriculture, and vegetation. He was heavily associated with the fertile Nile River, which floods and retreats seasonally.

In the myth of Osiris, the god is killed by his brother, Set. Set then dismembers his body. Osiris’ wife, Isis, tracks down the pieces and re-animates them with a spell. She becomes pregnant with Horus, god of New Beginnings and vanquisher of Set.

Ancient Egyptians celebrated Osiris with annual rituals and fertility rites. He is symbolically tied to wheat grain and the harvest.

Offerings to Osiris have been found by pyramids in Sudan. The reference model for this depiction is a Sudanese man.

Osiris was worshipped from at least the fifth dynasty of Egypt in the 25th century BC until Christianity took hold of Egypt through the influence of the Roman empire in the 1st and 2nd centuries. The Muslim conquest of Egypt in 639-646 CE ended the Roman and Byzantine rule of Egypt. Islam is a state religion in modern Egypt.

Materials

Wood block, pencil, ink, acrylic paint, gel pen, UV resistant acrylic coating.