Our Lady Of Egypt

16.5" x 21.5" x .25" Hand Cast Paper Relief Sculpture, Painted with acrylics and oil washes.

The Egyptian goddess, Isis, was Queen of Heaven, Earth and the Underworld, as well as mother of the falcon god, Horus, wife of Osiris (god of the dead) and the archetype of good wife and mother. After her husband Osiris was slain and dismembered by his evil brother Seth, she collected all his scattered parts, reassembled them as a mummy and revived him to become the Ruler of Eternity. This piece shows her raising their son, Horus, in the Papyrus swamp while hiding from Seth. She was a great healer and had powerful magic. There were many local goddesses in ancient Egypt, but Isis rose to prominence and she incorporates many of the attributes of other goddesses which were absorbed into her. She is guarded by Nekhbet, the vulture goddess of Upper Egypt (also sometimes pictured, as in this instance, as a serpent) and Wedjat, the serpent goddess of Lower Egypt. They wear the crowns of upper and Lower Egypt.