Category: mythology

The God Osiris

Figures of the god Osiris are particularly common from the Late Period (circa 664–332 B.C.). The craftsmanship of this figure is of a very high standard, the head executed virtually without fault. The bland and benign expression of the face is characteristic of work after the beginning of the 26th Dynasty. That the false beard is attached under the chin and does not envelop it suggests a dating in the second half of the dynasty.

Green siltstone or greywacke. Now in the Brooklyn Museum.

Anthropomorphic statue of the god Apis

The statue depicts the god Apis with a human body and a bull’s head. The arms, the lower part of the body and the legs are missing; however, the god was probably depicted in a standing position holding his right arm in front of him, holding the scepter or was, symbol of power, conserved in the upper part, and with his left arm by his side. Between the horns there is a solar disc, while around the neck there is a chain of several delicately engraved rows.

The bull Apis was one of the most important deities of Ancient Egypt, and his cult dates back to the first dynastic periods. He was mainly venerated in Memphis, where he was linked to the god Ptah, as his living image and the manifestation of his “glorious soul”.

New Kingdom, ca. 1550-1070 BC. Now in the

Vatican Museums, Rome.

Relief of Goddess Isis

Its spells and divine imagery ensured her successful transition to the Afterlife. Detail from the gilded coffin of

Tjuyu, from the tomb of Tjuyu (KV46). New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, reign of Amenhotep III, ca. 1391-1353 BC. Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

The Weighing of the Heart Ceremony

Papyrus of a Book of the Dead. Now in the

Egyptian Museum, Turin.

Figure of Ptah-Sokar-Osiris

Ptah is the demiurge of Memphis, god of craftsmen and architects.

Sokar, god of the Memphite necropolis.

Osiris, king of the underworld. Gilded and painted wood, from Akhmim. Ptolemaic Period, ca. 305-30 BC. Now in the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

Gods of the underworld tethered to Hathor, towing solar barque

Detail of a wall painting from the Tomb of

Ramesses I (KV16). New Kingdom, 19th Dynasty, reign of Ramesses I, ca. 1292-1189 BC. Valley of the Kings, West Thebes.

Relief of Osiris

Detail of a wall painting depicting Osiris, Lord of the Underworld.

Tomb of Horemheb (KV57). New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, reign of

Horemheb, ca. 1319-1292 BC. Valley of the Kings, West Thebes.

Stone sculpture of Anubis

Anubis, the jackal god associated with mummification and the afterlife in ancient Egyptian mythology. Greco-Roman Period, 1st century

AD. Now in the Louvre.


Luisa Ricciarini

Funerary stele

Bas relief funerary stele

depicting father and son presented by Anubis to Osiris and Isis, from Abydos. Roman Period,

2nd-3rd century. Now in the Louvre.

Statuette of Neith

Solid cast bronze statuette of Neith,

goddess of war hunting and weaving. She was the patron goddess of the Red Crown of Lower Egypt and the city of Sais. Third Intermediate Period, ca. 1070-664 BC. Private Collection.