OSIRIS Egypt’s Sunken Treasure at Museum Rietberg

OSIRIS Egypt’s Sunken Treasure at Museum Rietberg.

OSIRIS Egypt’s Sunken Treasure

at Museum Rietberg


OSIRIS Egypt’s Sunken Treasure at Museum Rietberg


Until 16th July 2017


We’ve been mentioning this exhibition in our Weekly What’s On articles since it opened in February and the other day Clive Greaves went to take a look. This is what he had to say.

Really, if you want to go and see one of those exhibitions whose exhibits make the hair rise on your arms, then this is it. The 300 exhibits have been retrieved from the lost cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus, which were finally submerged in the water of the Nile delta in the 8th century after hundreds of years of shifting water levels and tectonic plate movements.
The exhibits help us to understand the myth of the origin of Egypt itself: the story of Osiris and Isis, his sister/wife; of death and destruction and resurrection. There is the colossal statue of Hapi, the personification of the flooding of the life-giving Nile; the life-sized sculpture of the Apis bull; a shrine with the oldest Egyptian calendar and a huge stone covered with hieroglyphs which have been preserved in their original pristine and sharp state by submersion in the sand.
This is an exhibition not to be missed, fascinating for young and old, and beautifully presented in the Rietberg’s ‘Emerald’ building. There is also a very pleasant café and the museum is set in splendid grounds, particularly at this time of year.


Museum Rietberg

Address: Gablerstrasse 15, 8002 Zürich

Tel: 044 415 31 31

The Rietberg Museum exhibits Asian, African, American and Oceanian art.
For more information please visit the Museum’s webpage about Osiris here.

Article by Clive Greaves


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