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Mummiform Figure of Osiris

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Temples and Tombs, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
The inscription identifies this figure as Osiris. He wears the crown of ostrich feathers, a sun-disk, and the ram’s horns that identify him as a king. Yet he is also in the form of a mummy with the curled beard worn by the dead.

The figure stands on a hollow base. Originally, a papyrus with a spell written on it was stored in the base. When this figure and papyrus were placed in the tomb, the deceased enjoyed the protection of Osiris and of the spell.
MEDIUM Wood, pigment
  • Place Made: Africa
  • DATES 664-332 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Late Period
    DIMENSIONS 25 3/4 x 7 x 11 in. (65.4 x 17.8 x 27.9 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.1481E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Mummiform Figure of Osiris, 664-332 B.C.E. Wood, pigment, 25 3/4 x 7 x 11 in. (65.4 x 17.8 x 27.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1481E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.1481E_front_PS2.jpg)
    IMAGE front, 37.1481E_front_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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