The ancient Egyptian god whose annual death and resurrection personified the self-renewing vitality and fertility of nature.
[Latin Osīris, from Greek, from Egyptian wsjr, perhaps originally js-jrt, seat of the eye (of the sun) : js-, akin to jst, seat + jrt, eye.]
(click for a larger image)Osiris
c. 1275 bc painted wood statue from the Tomb of Hunefer
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