Statue of Osiris



Accession Number
W85
Current Location
House of Death (ground floor), Gods case
Object Type
Sculpture, Statue
Period
Late Period
Dynasties
Twenty-fifth Dynasty to Twenty-sixth Dynasty
Materials
Metals/alloys (Copper alloy) | Metals/alloys (Zinc)
Provenance
Egypt
Measurements
Width: 82mm | Depth: 120mm | Height: 297mm
Number of Elements
1
Divine Name
Osiris

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Description

A copper alloy votive statue of Osiris, mummiform and standing. It is a solid figure on a stand with hieroglyphs on the front indicating that the statue was commissioned by Ankhkhonsu. The figure is partially inlaid (eyes and beard straps) and coated in black. The tail of the uraeus stretches up toward the top of the atef-crown worn by the god, although the feathers on each side of the crown are now missing. Statues such as these were set up in temples as votive offerings. The object is composed of three main parts: the statue, the base, and the filling within the base holding the statue in place. XRF analysis of the filling indicates that it was 90% zinc based and thus likely added in more recent times to attach the statue to the base. Purchased by Wellcome at auction in 1906 from the collection of Robert de Rustafjaell.

Bibliography

Anonymous. 1996. The face of Egypt: Swansea Festival exhibition: 5 October 1996–5 January 1997. Swansea: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. [Cat. 50]

Language
Egyptian
Script
Hieroglyphic
Personal Name
Ankhkhonsu (ꜥnḫ-ḫnsw)
Last modified: 10 Oct 2020

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