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According to Heliopolitan cosmology, Wsir is the elder son of Nut (sky) and Geb (Earth). In prehistoric times the climate of North Africa became drier and hotter, forcing people to move into the Nile Valley where they developed into an agrarian society. Wsir (Osiris) is god of agriculture, later Egypt’s most important and well known Funerary god, as ruler of the Underworld: the Field of Reeds. Wsir’s green skin represents his association with vegetation and rebirth/regeneration in both this world and the next. He is also associated with water and kingship. Traditionally Wsir is represented as mummy with a plumed white crown on a throne with the motif of the unified Egypt above the hieroglyphs of “all life and dominion”. Wsir embodies the principles of fairness and wisdom. The streamers from crowns appear around the 18th Dynasty and I included them because I happen to like them.
Between himself and his brother Setash, a perfect balance of natural forces; including birth, death and regeneration is achieved. This is an original piece based on my knowledge of Ancient Egyptian religious iconography.
His cult centre was Abydos.
Date: 2012
Media: Inks, Sennelier paint on papyrus, nib and brush

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osiris, egyptology, papyrus, egyptian god, wsir, ancient egypt

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Studying Egyptology: University of Manchester

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Comments

  • Stethaki
    Stethakiover 2 years ago

    Beautiful! I love the crown.

  • Thanks, many layers of white ink and green paint there!

    – Aakheperure

  • Donna Huntriss
    Donna Huntrissover 2 years ago

    Beautiful greens Aak!

  • Thanks, a green theme was what I was going for!

    – Aakheperure

  • HELUA
    HELUAabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful work! Beautiful colours!

  • Thank you very much Helua :)

    – Aakheperure

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