Pottery amulet mould for an Osiris figure



Accession Number
EC660
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Drawers beneath stelae, Drawer 1
Object Type
Implements and utensils, Mould, Figurine mould
Period
Late Period
Material
Stone/minerals (Limestone)
Measurements
Height: 87mm | Width: 36mm | Depth: 17mm
Number of Elements
1
Culture
Egyptian
Divine Name
Osiris

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Description

A stone mould for a figure of Osiris (the figure is mummiform without a headdress). A similar mould was found in Late Period Abydos (Peet 1914 Cemeteries of Abydos II' 96, pl. XXI.8). An intact mould containing mummy material was found in the Late Period grave of the Chief Steward of the God's Wife of Amun, Nitokris II (Bietak, M and Reiser-Hauslauer, E. 1982 'Das Grab des 'Anch-hor Obermeister der Gottesgemahlin Nitokris II' p 189, pl. 123). It has been suggested that these moulds which mainly take the form of resurrection related figures such as benu birds, eggs and Osiris figures could symbolise rebirth through the moulding of the mummy. See also EC644, EC2026 and EC2027. For a parallel, see Patch (1990, 84), who describes it as a gold foil mould.

Bibliography

Patch, Diana Craig 1990. Reflections of greatness: ancient Egypt at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Pittsburgh: The Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Bietak, M and Reiser-Hauslauer, E. 1982 'Das Grab des 'Anch-hor Obermeister der Gottesgemahlin Nitokris II' p 189, pl. 123. Lacovara et al 2001. 'The Collector's Eye....' p99-101.