Two-faced Osiris/Apis (Serapis) is born from the lotus flower
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Two-faced Osiris/Apis (Serapis) is born from the lotus flower

From Tivoli, Hadrian's Villa, Canopus (1736 excavations)
Period of Hadrian 131-138 AD
Grey marble
Height 50 cm.
cat. 22807.

Bust of Osiris who is born from the lotus flower, erroneously restored in '700 with the lower part female. In the Serapeum of the Canopus Hadrian begins a courageous attempt at religious reform, deifying his lover Antinous, drowned precisely in the canal called Canopus which linked Alexandria to the main branch of the Nile, through the assimilation with Osiris, the god that dies and is reborn, in his turn associated by the Ptolomies with Serapis, Alexandrian divinity of salvation.