Lot 645: Egyptian Large Osiris Figure
December 7, 2016
Harwich, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Late Period, 664-332 BC. A bronze figure of Osiris wearing an atef crown with uraeus serpent to the front; mummiform body with arms crossed over chest and holding a crook and flail; mounted on a custom-made stand. 332 grams total, 19cm including stand (7 1/2"). Ex property of a New York, USA, collector. Osiris is one of the most well known figures of the Egyptian pantheon. His name, (ancient Egyptian Ausar), may mean 'place of the eye'. In early dynastic times he was considered a fertility god and depictions of him with grain growing from his body were placed into tombs well into the Late Period. Osiris was killed by his jealous brother Seth, and his body dismembered, only to be brought together and mummified by his wife Isis, who would use her powerful magic to bring him back to life. As ruler of the netherworld Osiris was regarded as the night form of the sun god. It was as ruler of the next world that Osiris sat as judge for the souls entering his kingdom. He was often represented with either black skin, symbolising the rich agricultural soil, or with green skin, symbolising the growth and fertility of plants. In the Hellenistic and Roman periods he was closely associated with the god Serapis who would be identified as the consort of the goddess Isis as part of her mystery cult that enjoyed enormous popularity across the Roman Empire.
Condition Report: Fair condition.