egyptologifs

egyptologifs asked:

Hi there :) While I don't actually have a submission, I'd just like to say I'm thrilled this blog came to fruition after the conversation on my language post!! Egyptology nerds are seriously the best.

Thank you so much.

I think that all the admins follow your blog and we really enjoy your posts. Egyptology is a big deal to us and that’s part of the reason we made this blog, especially since our little corner of the internet is so tied to Egypt. 

Horus—Falcon Figurine, ca. 1070-525 (Third Intermediate-Late Periods)

This exquisite rendering of Horus in his falcon form is made of gold and silver. A symbol of both the sky and kingship (c. 4th millennium), Horus played a critical role in the Ancient Egyptian religion. In this figure, he dons the double-crown of Upper and Lower Egypt.

source: thewalters.org

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The Osirerion, located in Abydos, is a physical embodiment of crucial elements of Egyptian religion: creation and the rebirth of Osiris. As demonstrated in the images above, a central floor was raised above its surrounding area. This floor was built below the water table in order to convey themes of creation and regeneration. The elevated ground represents the “Primeval Mound” from which the creator-god Re-Atum arose at the beginning of time. The mound from which Re-Atum emerged was said to have been surrounded by Nun’s waters of chaos (as signified by the floor’s position under the water table).


Unsurprisingly, the Osirerion is most closely connected with the god Osiris. It was most likely constructed by Seti I as a symbolic tomb for Osiris. As Osiris was also associated with the renewal of creation, a tomb of this design would have symbolized not only the god’s regeneration, but also that of the Egyptian world—and of Seti’s royal line. The sunken rectangular area may have included a mummiform rendering of Osiris to further enhance the tomb’s meaning.