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61A Osiris bust from broken statuette, carved basalt / wood, Egypt, Late Period. Click to enlarge.

Bust of Osiris

    Carved basalt bust of Osiris, God of the Underworld, broken from full body statuette and mounted on a square wooden base. Osiris is depicted with broad, almond shaped eyes and eyebrows and is shown wearing the 'atef' crown with uraeus. The pillar on the rear of the statuette is inscribed. The surface of the bust, especially the front of the crown, is roughly finished.

    Summary

    Object No.

    61A

    Object Statement

    Osiris bust from broken statuette, carved basalt / wood, Egypt, Late Period

    Physical Description

    Carved basalt bust of Osiris, God of the Underworld, broken from full body statuette and mounted on a square wooden base. Osiris is depicted with broad, almond shaped eyes and eyebrows and is shown wearing the 'atef' crown with uraeus. The pillar on the rear of the statuette is inscribed. The surface of the bust, especially the front of the crown, is roughly finished.

    Marks

    The inscription reads 'Words spoken by Osiris' followed by 'Ankhi' (an epithet of Osiris, possibly meaning 'The living being') and 'May he give life and dominion...'.

    Dimensions

    Height

    112 mm

    Width

    50 mm

    Depth

    65 mm

    History

    Notes

    The bust is part of Dr Stuart Kay's Collection, presented to the Trustees of the NSW Applied Arts Trust in January 1927. It was obtained from and authenticated at the Cairo Museum.

    Source

    Credit Line

    Presented to the New South Wales Collection of Applied Art by Stuart Kay, 1927

    Acquisition Date

    1 February 1927

    Cite this Object

    Harvard

    Bust of Osiris 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 16 October 2021, <https://ma.as/17267>

    Wikipedia

    {{cite web |url=https://ma.as/17267 |title=Bust of Osiris |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=16 October 2021 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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