In September we had the pleasure of inaugurating the exhibition "Osiris, Mystères engloutis d'Égypte" at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, in the presence of the President of the French Republic, François Hollande, and representatives of the Egyptian authorities.
The exhibition presents 250 objects drawn from the last ten years of our underwater excavations at the ancient cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus.They are supplemented by 43 masterpieces from museums in Cairo and Alexandria, some of which leave Egypt for the first time. Together, they illustrate the legend of Osiris, the god of the afterlife, and the annual celebration of the “Mysteries of Osiris”, one of the most important and secret religious ceremonies of ancient Egypt. According to the Decree of Canopus, a stele from 238 BC, in the Canopic region this ceremony culminated in an annual nautical procession of the god Osiris along the canal linking Thonis-Heracleion to the city of Canopus. We have found numerous traces of this ceremony which are now on display in Paris. Visitors are guided through the 1,100 square meter exhibition to the two submerged cities and can follow the nautical procession along the canals.
The exhibition will be on view until March 6th. It will then move on to the British Museum, London, where a slightly different version of it will be presented.
There is accompanying catalogue for the exhibition published by Flammarion, "Osiris, Mystères engloutis d'Égypte", in French language (an English version can be bought at the exhibition venue), 224 pages, EURO 25.
A children's book "Osiris, Mystères engloutis d'Égypte", De La Martinière Jeunesse, in French with cute illustrations is also available, 69 pages, EURO 15.