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An Egyptian Bronze Figure of Osiris, Late Period, ca 664-332 BC - Sands of Time Ancient Art
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An Egyptian Bronze Figure of Osiris, Late Period, ca 664-332 BC

The standing god shown mummiform with the arms folded across the chest, his fisted hands emerging from beneath his vestment, holding a crook and flail, wearing a braided divine beard curved out at its tip, an atef-crown notched for plumes that is fronted by a uraeus, an incised broad collar with menat at the back, the idealizing features of the face very well detailed, the eyes designed for inlays (now missing), a tenon below for insertion. 

Background:  The most complete version of the Osiris myth was recorded by the Greek historian Plutarch in the first to second centuries AD. According to this account, Seth, consumed by jealousy, plotted against his brother, Osiris, the king of Egypt. Having trapped Osiris in a chest, Seth cast the box into the nile, Osiris drowned. Isis, Osiris's sister and wife, searched tirelessly until she found his body. Undeterred, Seth stole the body dismembered it, and scattered the pieces in locations as distant as the Levant. Aided by her sister, Isis again found her husbands' body, with the exception of the phallus. Isis was highly skilled in magic so was able to conceive by Osiris, bearing their son, Horus. Horus who ultimately avenged his fathers' death by vanquishing Seth and reclaiming the throne. The Osiris myth reinforced the link between himself and the king. While alive, the king was the "living Horus", the son of the god. But upon his death, the king was equated with Osiris, the lord of the dead. 

Condition:  A finely rendered example, notched for plumes, intact and in very good condition overall.

Dimensions:   Height: 14.39 cm (5 2/3 inches) 

Provenance:   S.Bono private collection, Chicago, IL, acquired from the trade in early 2000's.

 

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