About this object

Copper alloy statue of Osiris. The ancient Egyptians believed the body of the god Osiris was buried at Abydos. When people visited this sacred place, some would leave behind small gifts such as this statue of Osiris. He is shown here wrapped as a mummy, holding a crook and flail, the symbols of kingship.

Excavated at Abydos by the University of Liverpool, 1907. Recorded as being from find location 250 A'07, of which there is no field notebook. Can be seen on negative no. A.100 in the photographic archive of the Garstang Museum of Archaeology, the University of Liverpool.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Late Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date made
    664 BC - 332 BC about
  • Materials
    Bronze
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Presented by the Excavations in Egypt Committee (1907) of the University of Liverpool Institute of Archaeology
  • Collector
    William Hesketh Lever
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date collected
    1907
  • Measurements
    485 mm x 147 mm x 75 mm
  • Related people
    John Burges Eustace Garstang (Collector); William Hesketh Lever (Collector, previous owner); Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology (Previous owner)

Explore related

Publications

  • Egyptian Gods and Myths

    Thomas, Angela A

    Author: Thomas, Angela A
    Publisher: Shire Egyptology
    Date: 1986
    Description: Illustrated 64 page book.

  • Graeco-Roman Funerary Stelae From Upper Egypt

    Abdalla, Aly

    Author: Abdalla, Aly
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press
    Date: 1992
    Description: This is a comprehensive study of funerary stelae exhibiting mixed iconography from upper Egypt during the Roman period in Egypt. The first chapter is devoted primarily to the recovery of the records of the unpublished excavations of John Garstang at Abydos in 1907. The published accounts of the excavations at Coptos and Dendereh are also assessed. There then follows a catologue of 256 stelae (including 144 stelae excavated by Garstang), which are ordered by site. There are discussions of the iconography, style, workmanship, inscriptions and dating of the stelae. The funerary beliefs and customs reflected in the reliefs and texts are set within the general context of the Roman period in Egypt. A concordance of the Garstang stelae with their excavation numbers is included, as well as a list of the stelae categorized by type of scene. There is also a record of the distribution of the Graeco-Roman stelae from Garstang's excavations at Abydos and from Petrie's excavations at Dendereh.

  • 'Lever as a collector of archaeology and as a sponsor of archaeological excavations' by Angela Thomas in Journal of the History of Collections 4 no 2 (1992) pp. 267-271

    Thomas, Angela

    Author: Thomas, Angela
    Publisher: Journal of the History of Collections
    Date: 1992
    Description:

Events

  • Liverpool Excavations at Abydos 1906-1909

    Start date: 1906
    End date: 1906
    Description: Excavations carried out by Professor Garstang, on behalf of the Egyptian Excavations Committee, affiliated to the Univeristy of Liverpool Institute of Archaeology

Ownership

Previous owners

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