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Terminal Ornamented with Three Heads of the Osirian Triad

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Bronze
  • Reportedly From: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 664-525 B.C.E. or later
    DYNASTY Dynasty 26, or later
    PERIOD Late Period
    DIMENSIONS 2 5/8 x 3 3/4 x 1 3/16 in. (6.6 x 9.5 x 3 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.687E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Terminal Ornamented with Three Heads of the Osirian Triad, ca. 664-525 B.C.E. or later. Bronze, 2 5/8 x 3 3/4 x 1 3/16 in. (6.6 x 9.5 x 3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.687E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.687E_view1.jpg)
    IMAGE front, CUR.37.687E_view1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2016
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Triple aegis of bronze: three broad collar necklaces, side by side, each surmounted by the head of a deity. From left to right they are Osiris (crowned with ram’s horns, sun-disk and two ostrich plumes), Isis (crowned with frieze of uraei from which springs cow’s horns, sun-disk and two plumes), and Horus (falcon-headed wearing Double Crown). The three elements are connected, in the rear, to a plate from which springs two eyelets. There are three circular depressions in this plate: one behind each aegis. In front, there is a circular hole in the center of the collars below the heads of Osiris and Isis, and a depression off-center on the collar of Horus. Condition: Overall brown/black patina. Osiris aegis diagonally cracked and part of it is missing as a result of an attack of bronze disease. Fragment missing from feather of Osiris’ crown.
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