by Jane Rosenstein and Didier Lambert
(Paris, France) – Osiris, Mystères engloutis (submerged) d’Egypte is a fantastic exhibition at Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris which continues until March 6, 2016. Throughout the exhibition there are explanations in French and English explaining the legend of Osiris.
Osiris, son of the Earth and the Sky was killed by his brother, Seth who broke his corpse into 14 pieces before throwing them in the Nile. Isis, sister and wife of Osiris using her divine powers, reassembled his body before restoring his life and then conceived their son: Horus. Osiris became the Master of Au-dela and Horus was victorious over Seth whom he fought.
Two ancient cities of Héracléion : Thônis and Canope are featured and written about.
In 1,100 square meters from the large Statue of Osiris 290 objects excavated from under the ocean are exhibited The most recent from excavations, under the direction of Frank Goddio , are very impressive . About 40 objects from the museums of Cairo and Alexandria are displayed, some of which are being shown for the first time outside of Egypt.
Since 1881, the discovery in Southern Egypt
from the ancient site called Apisor Canope,an ancient city called Héraculion existed. There in the temple of Amon Géreb they celebrated the mysteries of Osiris. These ceremonies which were written about in a text 238 B.C. with a long naval procession which carried Osiris from the temple to the city of Canope.The objects that are presented are to verify that this procession occurred.
The exhibition is well organized. One shrine has material that explains with hieroglyphics that the stars change positions every 10 days and how we can achieve 360 days in a year.
Another exhibition is about the journey of Osiris from Amon Géreb to the city of Canope.
There is a film showing how they excavate the findings. Since 1992 Franck Goddio working with ISEAM ( Institut Européen d’ Archéologie ) prospected in the port of Alexandria to find the precious objects including temples and buildings as well as statues and objects which were submerged in the ocean in 8th century in the Bay of Aboukir.. Once the objects were excavated, studied and restored they were put on traveling exhibitions in several museums in the Philippines, Egypt, Spain and France. The audience watched in amazement as this film showed the diversity and their work of excavation.
With the illuminating lights, objects and videos this is a magnificent exhibition that is both educational and enjoyable.
Jane Rosenstein is a U.S. citizen living in Paris, France. She is a professional translator/interpreter. She is the owner of The International Connection which does international marketing consultation including sales of wine, interpretation, and translation. She enjoys the cultural life that living in Paris offers and has talents in organizing events. She speaks English, French, and Spanish.
She has a B.S. degree in mathematics from University of Pittsburgh and an M.B.A. degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA.