the Osiris Assemblage

In Assemblages by Arif

The Osiris assemblage is the result of a life long fascination with ancient Egypt. It is composed of a porcelain crouching figure sitting on a miniature reproduction of Tutankhamun’s( 1341-1323 BC) golden throne( the original discovered by Howard Carter in 1922). It sits on a bed of golden sand strewn with the bits and pieces of Egyptian scarabs and a central transparent blue pyramid.

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The Osiris assemblage is full of ancient Egyptian mythological references. Osiris is the Egyptian deity of agriculture, fertility, the afterlife, resurrection and life. His skin is green reflecting rebirth and vegetation. Blue is an attribute to Osiris’ connection with the yearly floods of the Nile river; also a reference to rebirth and the life force.

The scarab beetles are symbols of immortality, resurrection, transformation and protection much used in funerary art.

Tutankhamun’s throne is an amazing example of ancient Egyptian workmanship. Made of gold, silver, molded glass and faience it was apparently snuck into the tomb at last minute. Perhaps it was because the throne was made using imagery from Tut’s father’s new, revolutionary religion, the worship of Aten the sun god, the first attempt at monotheism in the ancient world. Below you can see the throne hidden to the left under the lion couch( this photo is taken from an exact reproduction of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Minus the dust and disintegrating linen.)

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Wall art from Tutankhamun’s tomb showing the pharaoh and Osiris.
Statuette of Osiris circa 664-332 BC.
Of course, Osiris is not immune to being depicted as a green skinned hunk today. This image was downloaded from Pinterest. Have no idea where it came from. Cheese fest!