Statuette of Osiris Votive statuette representing...

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Statuette of Osiris Votive statuette representing...

Statuette of Osiris Votive
statuette representing the god Osiris, standing, mummiform, his hands emerging from the shroud holding the hekà hook and the nekheka triple strap flabellum once inlaid with glass paste. He wears the atef crown and is adorned with a hairpiece beard. The eyes, crown and beard were also inlaid. The base is engraved with a hieroglyphic inscription: 'The semenekh-ujat, the second prophet Jed-Khonsu-iu-ef-ankh, son of the second prophet Pa-di-Aset'.
Bronze.
Egypt, end of the XXVIth dynasty.
H. 23.6 cm
Provenance: Private collection before 1972.
Osiris is a god of the great Ennead. Son of Geb and Nut, he is the brother of Set, Isis (his wife), Nephthys and Horus. After being murdered by his brother Set and brought back to life by Isis with the help of Anubis, he became a funerary deity reigning over the underworld. In the Texts of the Pyramids, the deceased kings are identified with him. It was only in the Middle Kingdom that immortality was no longer the privilege of the monarch; each deceased became an Osiris himself and could thus attain eternal life. Many sanctuaries were dedicated to him, the most important being that of Abydos, where the chief of the god was deposited in the bosom of the Osireion. The great Osirian festivals took place in the month of khoiak, between the withdrawal of the flood of the Nile and the sowing. Provenance: private collection, before 1972.
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