Underwater treasures resurrect the ‘Myth of Osiris’

Treasures of underwater cities resurrect the ‘Myth of Osiris’.
The 300 pieces found in the Mediterranean correspond to cities submerged in the eighteenth century.
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An exhibition of the Rietberg Museum resurrects through three hundred objects extracted from the Mediterranean in marine excavations, the Mysteries of Osiris, one of the greatest founding myths of Egypt and that marks the beginning of the kingdom of the pharaohs.

Each of these pieces comes from the seabed, the remains exhumed from the sea by archaeologists between the surviving structures of Canopy and Thonis-Heracleion, in the Bay of Aboukir, a few kilometers east of Alexandria.

“These cities were underwater in the eighth century of our era, in an area of ​​approximately 100 square kilometers of which it is believed that only 10% of what is possible to be recovered has been recovered,” the commissioner of The exhibition, Axel Langer.

These cities, where sanctuaries and temples multiplied, were submerged by earthquakes and other geological incidents, and from there thousands of objects, statues and pieces have been recovered that attest to the religious importance of the place.

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