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* An Egyptian Wood Figure of Imsety, Ptolemaic Period, ca. 332 - 30 BCE

EW1912

Mummiform, hands appearing from the beaded shroud, wearing a tripartite wig with an usekh necklace, the legs painted with a column of hieroglyphs including his name.

One of the four sons of Horus, the human-headed god was the protector of the liver and his head was depicted on the corresponding canopic lid. Each jar was in turn protected by a goddess; Imsety was protected by his mother Isis. His role was to help revivify the corpse of the dead person; to literally lift them up as standing was equated with life and laying prone with death.

Dimensions: Height: 11 5/8 inches (29.5 cm)

Condition: Some minor polychrome losses otherwise intact and in excellent condition overall.

Provenance: John Kluge collection, Charlottesville, VA, ex Royal-Athena in 1988; W. R., New Orleans; French collection. 


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