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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 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 October 2019, <https://ma.as/17267>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/17267 |title=Bust of Osiris |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=20 October 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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