Being Human 2021 Lotus flower trail
The lotus flower, or water lily, is one of the most enduring symbols from ancient Egypt and was associated with rebirth and new beginnings. Following the challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic, this trail celebrates the lotus and the reopening of the museum in conjunction with the Being Human Festival 2021.
This fragment of cartonnage shows the god Osiris, receiving a lotus flower atop an offering table indicating that the gods enjoyed floral offerings as (cont.)
Marsh bowls, as they are known by Egyptologists, are typically adorned with images of lotus flowers as a symbol of regeneration. It seems such bowls w (cont.)
Flowers play an important role in this stela. In his left hand, the dedicatee holds a lotus-flower, which he appears to be sniffing, enjoying its plea (cont.)
The god Nefertum is easy to identify; he wears a lotus flower on his head! One story suggests that Nefertum presented a bouquet of these flowers to th (cont.)
These beautiful depictions of lotus flowers are from a coffin fragment. Their presence would help assist the deceased be reborn in the afterlife.
This faience amulet or inlay in the shape of a lotus flower comes from the site of Amarna. It may have been worn as jewellery, or set into another obj (cont.)
The emblem of the lotus was often incorporated into elements of furniture too! This example may have been a piece of decorative fretwork from the side (cont.)
Lotuses also feature on drinking vessels. There have been suggestions that the flower had narcotic properties, although it is more likely that the swe (cont.)
Because the lotus flower rises up from the water and opens each day as the sun comes up, this motif of rebirth also appears on faience vessels such as (cont.)
This oar from a model boat is decorated with protective imagery including lotus flowers and the wadjet eye. Such boats were intended to be used by the (cont.)
Fragments of wall plaster from the city of Amarna are often covered in an array of floral decorations, including the lotus flower. In this example, yo (cont.)
This second piece of wall plaster from Amarna shows a pattern on lotus flowers and mandrakes. As with the lotus, the mandrake is thought to have been (cont.)
The hieroglyphs on this shroud contain several transformation spells of the Book of the Dead. Chapter 81 is titled "Formula for taking the form of a l (cont.)
The motif of an individual sniffing a lotus flower is a common one in ancient Egyptian art. Whether this is a stylistic convention, or an actual ancie (cont.)