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Egyptian Mummiform Statuette of Osiris

26th-30th Dynasty, 664-343 BC

A bronze statuette of a standing mummiform votive representing the god Osiris; hands emerging from shroud and forming interlocking fists at the torso; wearing the Atef crown, integral lug emerging from the sole of the feet; mounted on a custom-made stand. 869 grams total, 24.5cm including stand (9 1/2"). Fine condition.

From a private UK collection; formerly with Pierre Bergé & Associés, Archéologie, 16 December 2015, lot 95; formerly with Aaron Gallery, London, June 1981; acquired from Galerie Sakae, Japan, prior to 1981; accompanied by copies of the relevant Pierre Bergé & Associés catalogue pages.
See The Brooklyn Museum, Osiris, accession no. 08.480.27, for a comparable example; see Hagen, R., Egypt, Taschen, p.169, for a similar representation of Osiris and for general discussion.
Osiris, one of the principal gods of ancient Egypt, was the god of death, the afterlife, resurrection, and agriculture. Associated with divine kingship, there came a point in Egyptian history when a king was believed to transform into Osiris, god of the underworld, upon his death.