Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Musée des beaux-arts de Lyon - Osiris' Eyes

At Musée des beaux-arts de Lyon, they have an impressive collection of Egyptian artifacts. I was captured by the mysterious eyes of Osiris, reminding us of our Mortality. As the God of Death he was revered until the dawn of Christianity.

Musée des beaux-arts de Lyon is located in a huge building, housing sculptures, paintings and artifacts spanning thousands of years. This sculpture is made from sycamore (fig) tree and dates back to the 25th Dynasty (712-664 BC).

Net for mummification

Net like these were used during mummification. This net originates from the 30th Dynasty, dating from 380-343 BC.

Nets like these were used during mummification. It is made from enameled pearls or beads, and in the middle a Scarab medallion, based on the Dung beetle so revered by the Egyptians.

Gate to Ptolemaeus IV' Temple

This impressive gate comes from a Temple dedicated Ptolemy IV Philopator (Greek: Πτολεμαῖος Φιλοπάτωρ, Ptolemaĩos Philopátōr, that reigned 221-205 BC)

The Ptolemeic Dynasty came from Greece and ruled Egypt into the dawn of the Christian era, from 305 BC to 30 BC.

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See my video of the gate to Ptolemaeus IV' Temple - Musée des beaux-arts de Lyon on YouTube

More sights in Lyon - see map of the city centre

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