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Statue of Ptah-Sokar-Osiris

A small statue consisting of a multicolored rectangular base and a painted mummified figure oriented vertically, wearing an elaborate striped headdress with a plume.
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  • A small statue consisting of a multicolored rectangular base and a painted mummified figure oriented vertically, wearing an elaborate striped headdress with a plume.

Date:

Ptolemaic Period (332–30 BCE)

Artist:

Egyptian

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.

Status

On View, Gallery 50

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Statue of Ptah-Sokar-Osiris

Place

Egypt (Object made in)

Date

305 BCE–30 BCE

Medium

Wood, preparation layer, pigment, gold, and textile

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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