Ariadne

Figure of Osiris
Period: Third Intermediate Period to Late Period, Twenty-fifth to Twenty-sixth Dynasty, circa 760-525 BC
Culture: Egyptian
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 30 cm H
 
Figure of Osiris
Figure of Osiris
Figure of Osiris
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Figure of Osiris
Figure of Osiris
Figure of Osiris
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This large bronze figure is a beautiful representation of Osiris, Egyptian god of the afterlife, here reborn in splendid condition with a soft brown and green patina, a long thin beard, and a Broad Collar. Osiris’ arms cross the body, holding the crook in his right hand and flail in the left, both items are crafted in high detail. He wears the Atef crown, which combines the ostrich feathers of the cult of Osiris with the hedjet, the symbol of Upper Egypt, with the sacred uraeus (cobra) depicted on its frontal area, a symbol of royal divinity.


Osiris is one of the most revered gods in Egyptian civilization, and is sometimes referred to as the son of Ra, the sun god, and father of the falcon-headed god Horus. In hieroglyphs Osiris is often depicted with green skin, evocative of his role in the afterlife; or with brown skin, indicating an association also with fertility, in this case the mud of the Nile, whose seasonal flood was the most important natural event in ancient Egypt. An interesting parallel is displayed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (74.51.5584).
 

Provenance

Collection of The Late Surgeon Commander Peter Grey, before 1970.
Collection of John Lawton, UK.