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Ancient Egyptian stone head of the God Osiris - PH.0175
Origin: Egypt
Circa: 600 BC to 500 BC
Dimensions: 5.5" (14.0cm) high
Collection: Egyptian
Style: Late Kingdom


Location: Great Britain
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Osiris is one of the most well-known deities of the ancient Egyptian pantheon, often identified as the god of the afterlife, the underworld, and the dead, but more appropriately considered as the god of transition, resurrection, and regeneration. His standard depiction from frescoes shows him as a green-skinned deity, green being associated with rebirth, or with a black complexion, black alluding to the fertile mud of the Nile floodplain, with an attached pharaoh's beard, partially mummy-wrapped by linen bandages around the legs, wearing a distinctive crown with two large ostrich feathers at either side, and holding a symbolic crook and flail. The shepherd's crook stood for kingship and the flail for the fertility of the land and although they were originally the attributes of Osiris, they subsequently became insignia of pharaonic authority. Osiris was married to his sister, Isis, a major goddess in ancient Egyptian religion whose worship spread throughout the Greco- Roman world, and was father to Horus, one of the most important Egyptian deities, most often depicted as a lanner or peregrine falcon, or as a man with a falcon head. In the present item, Osiris is wearing a crown that used to be adorned in the frontal part with an undulating cobra, whereas several of the original inlays are also currently missing. - (PH.0175)

 

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