Small theme exhibition: In the Realm of Osiris. Concepts of Death in Ancient Egypt

A selection of artefacts from Thorvaldsen’s collection of Egyptian antiquities is on show in a small theme exhibition in the museum’s collection of antiquities.


Statuette of Osiris. Roman, 2nd century.

In many cultures – both ancient and modern – the time around a death is conceived of as one of danger. Death and the journey to the afterlife are often seen as the most perilous change to which any human being is exposed, but those left behind and those in close contact with the dead person can be also in danger. So, throughout history, most religions have developed religious guidance and rules in the form of rituals intended to ensure that both the deceased and those left behind could emerge safely from this perilous time and that the dead person could be ensured a happy afterlife.

This also applies very much to ancient Egypt, where entombment and tomb customs were associated with complicated rituals and practices. Through a selection of artefacts from Thorvaldsen’s collection of Egyptian antiquities, this small exhibition In the Realm of Osiris tells about the ideas the ancient Egyptians had about death and the journey into the Realm of Death.

The exhibition is contained in five window showcases in the collection of antiquities on the first floor of the museum from 22 January, 2013 to Spring, 2014.

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