Statue of Ptah-Sokar-Osiris

A work made of wood, preparation layer, pigment, gold, and textile.
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  • A work made of wood, preparation layer, pigment, gold, and textile.

Date:

Ptolemaic Period (332–30 BC)

Artist:

Egyptian

About this artwork

This vibrantly painted statue represents the ancient Egyptian funerary deity Ptah-Sokar-Osiris. The god is depicted in the form of a mummy with red linen wrappings covered by an intricate net of multicolored beads. The statue would have been placed in the tomb of its owner, a woman named Ese-ir-di-es (“Isis is the one who gave her”). Columns of hieroglyphic text on the front and back state that she will be provided with the offerings necessary for her continued survival in the afterlife, including food and drink.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Artist

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Statue of Ptah-Sokar-Osiris

Origin

Egypt

Date

305 BC–30 BC

Medium

Wood, preparation layer, pigment, gold, and textile

Inscriptions

Front: Words said by Osiris, Foremost of the Westerners, the Great God, Lord of Abydos, that he may give offerings to the Hathor, Osiris-ir-des, daughter of Wsim-nechen (?) true of voice. Back: [A gift that the king gives] to Osiris, Foremost of the Westermers, the Great God, Lord of Abydos, that he may give invocation offerings consisting of bread, beer, and every good and pure thing upon which the god lives, [to] the Hathor, Osiris-ir-des, daughter of Wsim-nechen (?), true of voice.

Dimensions

62.9 × 12.7 × 27.3 cm (24 3/4 × 5 × 10 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Phoenix Ancient Art, S.A.

Reference Number

2002.542

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