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Osiris Boat

1992, mixed media collage, 14 x 17", by Jenny Badger Sultan

When I first saw an image of Osiris as a ladder, holding the crook and flail, I was amazed and it became part of the ladder imagery I’d been working with.

Later I became more familiar with the “djed” pillar, which looks like a ladder and may originally have been a stylized tree trunk but came to symbolize the backbone of Osiris. It was a very important amulet in ancient Egypt.

Collage, 'Osiris Boat', by Jenny Badger Sultan.
This piece is related to Coming to the Jumping Off Place, Dancer Ascends the Ladder and Guardians of the Ladder.

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