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The God Osiris

XXIst Dynasty

Bronze, cast solid

Height: 15cm

Museum number: S124

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 21help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Not on display

Curatorial note

A figure of the god Osiris. Right hand holds a crook; left hand holds a flail. Wears plaited beard which curls outward. Headdress: the Atef-crown, consisting of the White Crown of Upper Egypt with uraeus in front and an ostrich feather on each side; at brow-level the horizontal horns of Khnum the Creator, from which hang on each two uraei with one uraeus rising up at the side of the ostrich feather.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Unrecorded; in Soane's collection by c.1826 as it appears in a woodcut vignette published in John Britton, Union of Architecture, Sculpture and Painting, 1827, p.31. Britton refers to them (Union, p. 50) as follows: 'there are many other relics of Egyptian antiquity in this collection, some of which are represented in page 31, in union with other grotesque figures from Hindostan, the Gold Coast &c. The objects delineated in the wood-cut are small bronze figures, grouped by the artist. They represent some of theose monsters which men in a half civilized state first designed and then worshipped....'. [Helen Dorey, 2011]

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