Flesh of the Sun

all gods are immortal men

“ O sovereign Sun, and all ye Gods who impart life to men, receive me, and deliver me to the eternal Gods as a cohabitant.” Euphantus

Gold is for the ancient Egyptians the supreme metal, from divine creation.
Gold is also related to the Sun and the Sun is related to several divinities.

Pharaohs in Egypt were buried in gold sarcophagus, which they believed was the “flesh of the Gods”. This design was strongly influenced by those “golden” burials and rituals of mummification. The technique of mummification was a practical response to preserve the dead body (for all eternity).

“that only those who had received some grade of initiation were mummified; for it is certain that, in the eyes of the Egyptians, mummification essentially prevented reincarnation. Reincarnation was necessary to imperfect souls, to those who had failed to pass the tests of initiation; but for those who had Will and the capacity to enter the Secret Adytum, there was seldom necessity for that liberation of the soul which is said to be effected by the destruction of the body. The body of the Initiate was preserved after death as a species of Talisman or material basis for the manifestation of the Soul upon earth.” – Egyptian Magic by S.S.D.D

It was an Egyptian custom removing the contents of the abdominal cavity, to purifying the dead.
The main figure was based on a Canopic jar, related with the jar of Imsety -human-headed god – where the liver was preserved. 

The blueprint on the background symbolise the hard journey of the soul until it finds the fields of Aaru. Also the Egyptians deposit the bodies in the catacombs “in order that the soul might be preserved for a long time in connection with the body, and might not soon be alienated;” (Virgil – The Aeneid).

The sphere on the bottom side represents the physical world, with all the veins or roots all around it. We wanted to create an image of the soul / essence leaving the mortal sphere and traveling to the eternity. Represented by the golden crown of the Sun.

“Imentet and Ra” detail of a wall- painting from burial chamber of Nefertari (Valley of the Queens- QV66-Egypt), discovered in 1904.
“The unwrapped mummy of Ramses II (XIII century a.c.)” photography by Emil Brugsch, 1889.
“Canopic jar with human head” - Upper Egypt, 1000 B.C. (The Metropolitan Museum of Art- U.S.A.)
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