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RESERVED. AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE OSIRIS STATUE, LATE PERIOD, C. 664 - 332 BC.

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A large cast bronze figurine of the god Osiris with arms folded across the chest holding the crook and flail, with the atef crown and uraeus on the head; the face carefully modelled, with sockets for inlaid eyes (lost in antiquity), triangular nose and plaited beard; pinned to a custom-made display stand. including 

Background: Osiris was one of the most popular ancient Egyptian gods and was connected with male fertility. He was said to be the first Pharaoh of Egypt and was murdered by his brother Seth for his crown. Osiris was revived by Isis, his wife and sister, to conceive Horus, the son who would avenge his death. After death, Osiris became ruler of the underworld and god of the dead, which is why he is shown with the crook and flail, the symbols of authority for Egyptian rulers. The ancient Egyptians believed that while illness and disease were natural events, they also had supernatural causes, which were controlled by the gods. Prevention and treatment of illness and disease therefore included prayers at home to statues of gods like this one.

Dimensions: Height: 12.5 cms (Excluding Stand). 14.3 cms (Including Stand).

Condition: A beautiful example of ancient Egyptian bronze making, such vigorous elevated design especially around the atef crown and uraeus on the head. A small section of the atef crown is missing at the top. Otherwise, this is a beautiful example. 

Provenance: Ex. Private Collection, Wootton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, Acquired between 1980-2000's.



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