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The God Osiris

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
  • Reportedly From: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES 525–30 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 27, or later
    PERIOD Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
    DIMENSIONS 1 1/2 x 5/8 x 1/8 in. (3.8 x 1.6 x 0.3 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Glass inlay (rear surface flat) representing, in relief, the god Osiris. The god is shown frontally and mummiform holding to his chest the crook and flail. The wrappings on his body are decorated with a cross-hatch pattern. Projecting out from the body, below the arms, on each side is a fringe decorated with incised diagonal lines. The figure is a medium opaque blue except for the crown (“Atef”) and most of the face which are opaque pale green. Condition: Complete and good but for some dark stain.
    CAPTION The God Osiris, 525–30 B.C.E. Glass, 1 1/2 x 5/8 x 1/8 in. (3.8 x 1.6 x 0.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1280E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.1280E_wwg8.jpg)
    IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.37.1280E_wwg8.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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