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Egyptian Bronze Osiris

An ancient Egyptian bronze statuette of the god Osiris, depicted mummiform and wearing the atef-crown; well modeled and of unusually complex construction, with six separately cast details (now lost) and eyes, cosmetic lines, and with false beard bands incised to receive inlay.

25th – 26th Dynasty,

Ca. 664 – 525 BC.

Height: 8 1/2 in. (21.8 cm).

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 a Michigan private collection, acquired from Royal-Athena Galleries in 1987.

Exhibited: Ohio State University Art Museum; Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, 1988 - 2005.
Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, vol. IV, (1985), no. 435.
Inv#: 8331

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