Egyptian Bronze Statuette of Osiris
An ancient Egyptian bronze statuette of the god Osiris, lord of the underworld. The standing mummiform god wears the atef crown, a regal beard, and holds a crook and flail, with loop at the back and on the integral plinth for suspension.
Late Period, ca. 7th - 1st century BC.
Osiris was one of the most important gods of the Egyptian pantheon. He was the lord of the underworld and god of the dead. One of his titles was therefore "ruler of the west," the west being the domain of the dead. Osiris was also the god of the inundation of the Nile and consequently fertility, and came to be seen as a protective deity over both the living and the dead.
Formerly in an English private collection.