Similarities Between Osiris And Statue Of Hercules

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Idol Gods Of the Ancient World For this paper, I will be comparing and contrasting object pair 5. These objects are The Statue of Osiris, and The Statue of Hercules. Even though they are from Egypt and Rome respectively, I believe they hold much more in common. My hypothesis for why these two objects were paired together is based on their functions. Both Osiris and Hercules were gods admired by many people, and these representations of them in the form of a statue shows how people sincerely devoted their love and time praising these figures. I believe that they were used as a sign of the people’s religion in the places where they were originally kept. The first object that I will be depicting is the Statue of Osiris. Within the first floor …show more content…
They were both used in a religious manner. The Statue of Osiris was initially found in the tomb of Ptahirdis in Giza. Osiris was known as the judge of the dead, and Osiris was typically shown in funerary judgement scenes illustrating the book of the dead. In Egypt, Osiris was essentially the gatekeeper to the heavens. Osiris was worshipped due to that reason. This statue served as a blessing to guide them into the afterlife. The Statue of Hercules was also religious because Hercules was a Roman god. This statue depicts Hercules in all his glory after one of his victory labor over the Nemean Lion. This shows Hercules very god-like after a defeat over an impressive beast. This image makes Hercules appear very mighty and powerful to its viewers. This statue was originally displayed outside of a temple, so I believe the artist needed a powerful image on Hercules since this was a deity the people …show more content…
The Statue of Hercules was more sculpted in some areas. This statue had more definition on the body compared to Osiris. On Hercules, you can tell he has an athletic body just from the muscle structure and shape. The Statue of Osiris is more one shape due to the cloak that Osiris is usually depicted wearing. Another difference was the composition of both artworks. The Statue of Osiris seems to be cut from a stone slab. Also, there is a base adjoined to the sculpted image. The image of Osiris is cut so it looks freestanding but it is connected to an outer stone. The Statue of Hercules is completely freestanding, there is nothing it is connected to. The Statue of Hercules also takes up more outward space. The way Hercules body is positioned, you can tell the artist designed this to be placed in a bigger setting compared to the Osiris

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