Osiris…King of Gods…

by forrest fenn

These vignettes from Forrest’s collection are only to share. To see 294 additional pieces  please visit




Egyptian mythology is enigmatic to me and somewhat foreboding, like a delicate mixture of portents that coinstantaneously entice…yet frighten. Maybe that’s why I’m drawn to the mysterious physical properties that represent the ancient gods.

While holding Osiris tightly, I can almost feel his mighty power, and sense the lure of other gods about which the ancient Egyptians felt so strongly.
With Dal’s help I’ll try to bring a few of our venerated Egyptian objects close to your eyes.

This 3,000-year old New Kingdom Egyptian necklace is dominated by a bronze image of Osiris. He holds a symbolic flail and crook, and large ostrich feathers decorate each side of his crown. He wears a pharaoh’s beard. Rare bronze all-seeing eye amulets, spaced with faience beads, emphasize his supremacy.

To quote a book of Egyptian mythology:

“A god of the earth and vegetation, Osiris symbolized in his death the yearly drought and in his miraculous rebirth the periodic flooding of the Nile and the growth of grain. He was a god king who was believed to have given Egypt civilization.


IMG_1087sThe oldest religious texts refer to Osiris as the great god of the dead, and throughout these texts it is assumed that the reader will understand that he once possessed human form and lived on earth. As the first son of Geb, the original king of Egypt, Osiris inherited the throne when Geb abdicated. At this time the Egyptians were barbarous cannibals and uncivilized. Osiris saw this and was greatly disturbed. Therefore, he went out among the people and taught them what to eat, the art of agriculture, how to worship the gods, and gave them laws. Thoth helped him in many ways by inventing the arts and sciences and giving names to things. Osiris was Egypt’s greatest king who ruled through kindness and persuasion. Having civilized Egypt, Osiris traveled to other lands, leaving Isis as his regent, to teach other peoples what he taught the Egyptian.


IMG_1092sDuring Osiris’ absence, Isis was troubled with Seth’s plotting to acquire both her and the throne of Egypt. Shortly after Osiris’ return to Egypt, in the twenty-eighth year of his reign, on the seventeenth day of the month of Hathor (late September of November), Seth and 72 conspirators murdered him. They then threw the coffin in which he was murdered into the Nile, with his divine body still inside.



















Isis, with the help of her sister Nephthys, and Anubis and Thoth, magically located Osiris’ body. Upon learning that his brother’s body was found, Seth went to it and tore it into fourteen pieces and scattered them throughout Egypt. Isis once again found every piece of his body, save his phallus (it had been eaten by the now-cursed Nile fish). She magically re-assembled Osiris and resurrected him long enough to be impregnated by him so that she could give birth to the new king Horus.

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Seth of course was not willing to surrender the throne of Egypt to the youthful Horus and thus a tribunal of gods met to decide who was the rightful king. The trial lasted eighty years. Eventually through Isis’ cunning she won the throne for her son.”

And that’s probably more than you want to know about Osiris, et al.



Faience Protector of the Dead…

by forrest fenn

These vignettes from Forrest’s collection are only to share. To see 294 additional pieces  please visit




Some of the beauty of old Egyptian beads is that they look old. The more beat-up they are the more intrinsic value they have for me. I like to imagine where they were worn 3,500 years ago, and what they’ve seen. Who fabricated them and where?


Bead colors were symbolic of different things, green meant growth and development, red stood for blood, which intended continued life and energy, black, which symbolizes rebirth, and blue referenced the everlasting sky.

This necklace contains beads made from red cornelian, blue faience, white ostrich egg shells, and black glass. The green eye beads are watchful. Nearly all later cultures copied Egyptian eye beads.

Faience Anubis amulets, such as the large blue one on this necklace, were powerful protectors of the dead. They are often found in the linen wrappings of embalmed mummies.





Golden Turquoise Necklace


chestI found some external hard drives that contain files and photos from old laptops that went in the trash years ago. They were from a time when I was acquiring exotics to be part of my treasure. The bronze chest had a name then. It was called Indulgence.

I have other hard drives to search but would like to post some of the artifacts as they surface. All I post are in the chest. I could describe the cultures from which they came but bloggers would analyze my comments into perpetuity. Maybe giant-minded commenters will do those honors. ff

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Early Necklace…

by forrest fenn

Many of the objects in my collection are significant in a very small depiction of world history. Most are more interesting than they are important. Nevertheless, it is necessary for me to remember that each piece represents who we once were in a time that used to be, and that I will never be anything more than its temporary custodian. 



basketThis may be the first necklace in North America, or at least one of the first. It was made by a Basketmaker I Indian whose people lived in the Southwest about 1200 BC. Their name came from the large number of baskets that were found in their dwellings, mostly caves and rock shelters. They didn’t learn to make pottery until much later. Can you believe these people were wearing turquoise jewelry 2,500 years before they acquired the bow and arrow?


In the summer they ran around mostly aur paur but when the temperature got low they wore clothing made from hides and vegetal materials. It’s not that they were frugal life-style enthusiasts because hard was all they knew. The odds of a baby living the first year were one in ten.


I found this necklace on a friend’s ranch in Arizona. The turquoise came from the Tiffany Mine in New Mexico, near San Lazaro Pueblo, and the cordage was made from a chewed yucca leaf. Notice that the pendants were tied on instead of strung, which allowed them to lay flat and show off their beauty. No matter how tough life was for primitive cultures around the world there was always time for religion and jewelry.