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LOT 0049

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GBP (£) 15,000 - 20,000
EUR (€) 17,930 - 23,910
USD ($) 18,270 - 24,360

Opening Bid
£13,500 (EUR 16,141; USD 16,444) (‡+bp*)

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LARGE EGYPTIAN SEATED FIGURE OF OSIRIS
THIRD INTERMEDIATE-LATE PERIOD, CIRCA 1081-343 B.C.

A substantial bronze figure of the seated god Osiris wearing a tight fitting garment and holding his typical regalia, the heka-sceptre in his left hand and the nehaha-flail in the right, wearing the White Crown (Hedjet) of Upper Egypt with a finely detailed uraeus at the front; the long beard with finely incised detail modelled separately from the chest and supported from behind by a slender ‘post’; accompanied by a custom-made display stand. 11 in. (1.8 kg total, 28cm high including stand).

PROVENANCE:
Acquired in the 1970s-1980s.
Private collection, thence by descent.
Private collection, since 1998.
Accompanied by a two page academic report by Egyptologist Paul Whelan.
This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate no.11293-189888.

LITERATURE:
See Roeder, G., Ägyptische Bronzewerke, Berlin, 1956, p.143, Abb.201, for a similar beard support; Roeder, G., ‘Die Arme der Osiris-Mumie,’ in Firchow, O. (ed.), Ägyptologische Studien, Berlin, 1955, pp. 248-286; cf. National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden, inv. no. F 1955/10.

FOOTNOTES:
Osiris was the pre-eminent god of the Underworld and a central figure in ancient Egyptian funerary beliefs over several millennia. He represented the incarnation of the deceased pharaoh, hence his royal regalia, and could ensure passage to the afterlife for ordinary Egyptians. Not surprisingly, he was worshipped throughout Egypt, although his most important cult centres were at Abydos in the south and Busiris in the northern Delta region.

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