Secrets of Osiris I
by Melissa Davidson
SECRETS OF OSIRIS I 2011 6”w X 8”h
Graphite, watercolour & ink on Arches paper
The idea of mummies and mummification is fascinating to me. Especially the fact that all of the critical organs would be removed & kept intact, preserved in their own special jars. All except the brain, which was first rather mashed up, pulled out through the nasal cavity and then thrown away. There are no surviving explanations as to why the brain was treated in such a negligible manner, so one can only speculate on the reasons the ancients may have had for discarding a part that, to us, is such a vitally important organ; great scientific effort is spent today attempting to preserve our brains. I also find the ideas of the bandages, wrappings, ointments, spells, jars and offerings all so very curious. Were these merely superstitious people, as science would have us believe? Or did they, in fact, have knowledge of the afterlife that we lack? We may never know, but it is fun to wonder.