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.
- Ancient Egyptian
- Statue of Ptah-Sokar-Osiris
- 305 BC–30 BC
- Wood, preparation layer, pigment, gold, and textile
- 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.
- 62.9 × 12.7 × 27.3 cm (24 3/4 × 5 × 10 3/4 in.)
- Gift of Phoenix Ancient Art, S.A.