The loops at the foot and neck of this splendid
sculpture indicate that it was meant to be hung
as a votive offering to the lord of the afterlife.
Osiris was the central figure in Egyptian religion,
the god who triumphed over death and therefore
offered the hope of resurrection and rebirth to all
men. This striking image of the god in his royal
mummiform speaks of a universal mystery, the
unanswered questions for which no living man
has a sure answer.