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AN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN OSIRIS "BED"


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An Osiris terracotta "bed", shaped in the recessed image of the god,which would be filled with soil and seeds (barley or emmer wheat) to germinate and grow during the festival of Khoiak. This was the climax of the four month Nile inundation season, when the death and resurrection of Osiris were commemorated and the fruitfulness of the land was ensured for another year. The corn Osiris was then ritually buried. Late period, c.500 BC, 3 3/4 inches high X 2 1/2 inches wide. From an old Belgian family collection.