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Osiris

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

In his most characteristic form, Osiris, god of the dead, appears wrapped in mummy bandages and holds his twin attributes, the shepherd's crook and the flail.

MEDIUM Bronze, gold leaf
  • Reportedly From: Abydos, Egypt
  • DATES 664-404 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 26 to Dynasty 27
    PERIOD Late Period
    DIMENSIONS 7 3/4 × 2 1/8 × 1 1/4 in. (19.7 × 5.4 × 3.2 cm)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 08.480.27
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Standing, mummiform bronze statuette of Osiris with scepter and flail grasped in hands. White crown with uraeus, flanked by feathers and ram's horns. Feathers and necklace inlaid in gold. Eyes probably inlaid. No Inscription. Condition: Intact. Most of gold inlay missing from left plume. Corrosion over eyes prevents determining whether they are inlaid. Slight spots of disease on base. Good work.
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