About this artwork
An intricate net of beads painted in blue, black, and gold covers the body of the god Ptah-Sokar-Osiris. Depicted in a mummified form, the deity is a fusion of funerary gods Ptah, Sokar, and Osiris. Egyptian gods from different regions or with separate functions often combined into more powerful deities. This statue would have been placed in the burial chamber of its owner, a woman named Ese-ir-di-es (“Isis is the one who gave her”). The empty cavity in the statue’s base was designed to hold a papyrus scroll or some other sacred object to facilitate her rebirth into the afterlife.
- On View, Gallery 50
- Arts of Africa
- Ancient Egyptian
- Statue of Ptah-Sokar-Osiris
- Egypt (Object made in)
- 305 BCE–30 BCE
- Wood, preparation layer, pigment, gold, and textile
- 62.9 × 12.7 × 27.3 cm (24 3/4 × 5 × 10 3/4 in.)
- Gift of Phoenix Ancient Art, S.A.