The naos of Amasis

A monument for the reawakening of Osiris

Marco Zecchi | Forthcoming

The naos of Amasis

A monument for the reawakening of Osiris

Marco Zecchi | Forthcoming

ISBN: 9789088907951

Imprint: Sidestone Press | Format: 210x280mm | 174 pp. | Papers on Archaeology of the Leiden Museum of Antiquities 20 | Series: PALMA | Language: English | 85 illus. (bw) | 15 illus. (fc) | Keywords: Ancient Egypt; Egyptian archaeology; antiquities; Leiden Museum of Antiquities, naos, Osiris Hemag, shrines | download cover

Publication date: 24-05-2019

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    ISBN: 9789088907951

    Imprint: Sidestone Press | Format: 210x280mm | 174 pp. | Papers on Archaeology of the Leiden Museum of Antiquities 20 | Series: PALMA | Language: English | 85 illus. (bw) | 15 illus. (fc) | Keywords: Ancient Egypt; Egyptian archaeology; antiquities; Leiden Museum of Antiquities, naos, Osiris Hemag, shrines | download cover

    Publication date: 24-05-2019

The naos AM 107 of the Museum of Antiquities in Leiden was made by order of king Amasis in the 6th century BC, a period that saw an intense production of monolithic shrines. Despite its unimpressive dimensions, the naos of Leiden stands out for its originality. What is particularly interesting about this monument is that its distinctiveness is strictly connected to the nature of its recipient.

Amasis dedicated the naos to Osiris Hemag, one of the most important and enigmatic Osirian forms of the first millennium BC. Osiris Hemag represents Osiris at a crucial moment of his existence: his reawakening. It was precisely this aspect of the god that strongly influenced both the shape and the decoration of the naos, creating a unique effect. Indeed, this is the only Egyptian naos showing on its surfaces groups of guardian-deities who had the task to protect the body of Osiris and to assist him in his rebirth and rejuvenation.

This naos is not only a shrine housing a statue of Osiris Hemag, but also a monument conveying a new definition of the god and new ideas concerning his rebirth.

PREFACE
LIST OF FIGURES
ABBREVIATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHY

I NAOS AM 107: FROM EGYPT TO LEIDEN

II DESCRIPTION OF THE NAOS
1. The architecture
2. The decoration
3. Some palaeographic and stylistic observations

III THE NAOI OF AMASIS
1. The naoi
2. The damnatio memoriae
3. The decorations
4. The recipients: Osiris and the others

IV THE ROLE OF THE NAOS
1. The recipient of the naos: Osiris Hemag
2. The dedicatory text
3. Great gods, small gods: divine beings in action
4. Naoi at Kom el-Ahmar

Indices
1 Deities
2 Deities (in transliteration)
3 Royal names
4 Egyptian personal names
5 Names of buildings and places
6 Museum Collections

Dr. Marco Zecchi

Marco Zecchi studied Ancient History and Egyptology at the University of Bologna. He received his M.Phil. from the University of Liverpool and his Ph.D. from the University of Bologna. In 2004.2006 Marco Zecchi held the postision of temporary lecture at the University of Sassari. Starting from 2007, he teaches Egyptology at the University of Bologna, where is associate professor.

His main research interests focus on the god Osiris, as well as on the religion of the Fayum region in the dynastic period.

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Abstract:

The naos AM 107 of the Museum of Antiquities in Leiden was made by order of king Amasis in the 6th century BC, a period that saw an intense production of monolithic shrines. Despite its unimpressive dimensions, the naos of Leiden stands out for its originality. What is particularly interesting about this monument is that its distinctiveness is strictly connected to the nature of its recipient.

Amasis dedicated the naos to Osiris Hemag, one of the most important and enigmatic Osirian forms of the first millennium BC. Osiris Hemag represents Osiris at a crucial moment of his existence: his reawakening. It was precisely this aspect of the god that strongly influenced both the shape and the decoration of the naos, creating a unique effect. Indeed, this is the only Egyptian naos showing on its surfaces groups of guardian-deities who had the task to protect the body of Osiris and to assist him in his rebirth and rejuvenation.

This naos is not only a shrine housing a statue of Osiris Hemag, but also a monument conveying a new definition of the god and new ideas concerning his rebirth.

Contents

PREFACE
LIST OF FIGURES
ABBREVIATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHY

I NAOS AM 107: FROM EGYPT TO LEIDEN

II DESCRIPTION OF THE NAOS
1. The architecture
2. The decoration
3. Some palaeographic and stylistic observations

III THE NAOI OF AMASIS
1. The naoi
2. The damnatio memoriae
3. The decorations
4. The recipients: Osiris and the others

IV THE ROLE OF THE NAOS
1. The recipient of the naos: Osiris Hemag
2. The dedicatory text
3. Great gods, small gods: divine beings in action
4. Naoi at Kom el-Ahmar

Indices
1 Deities
2 Deities (in transliteration)
3 Royal names
4 Egyptian personal names
5 Names of buildings and places
6 Museum Collections

Dr. Marco Zecchi

Marco Zecchi studied Ancient History and Egyptology at the University of Bologna. He received his M.Phil. from the University of Liverpool and his Ph.D. from the University of Bologna. In 2004.2006 Marco Zecchi held the postision of temporary lecture at the University of Sassari. Starting from 2007, he teaches Egyptology at the University of Bologna, where is associate professor.

His main research interests focus on the god Osiris, as well as on the religion of the Fayum region in the dynastic period.

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