About this object

Osiris was the god of rebirth. The inscription on the pedestal base of the statue names the donor: ‘May Osiris give life (to) Djed-bastet-iu-ef-ankh, son of Padi-khonsu, his mother is Hery-bastet.’

The statuette is solid with finely modelled features. Osiris is shown in the tight wrap of his linen bandages with his hands exposed to hold the royal insignia of crook and flail. He wears a broad collar of beads around his neck, an artificial curled beard and the plumed atef crown with a uraeus cobra rising from the front.

The name of the dedicator is Djedbastetiuefankh [Dd-bAstt-jw.f-anx] who was the son of Padikhonsu [pA-dj-xnsw] and Herybastet [hr-bAstt].

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Late Period (Saite)
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    664 - 525 BC
  • Materials
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 2, Temporary Exhibition Space
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    19th Century
  • Measurements
    240 mm x 60 mm x 45 mm
  • Note
    See http://www.griffith.ox.ac.uk/gri/3pm8sta5.pdf for an online catalogue entry with copy of the names inscribed on hieroglyphs on the pedestal.
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Associated Person, collector, previous owner)

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Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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