Ptah-Sokar-Osiris Figure of Nesshutefnut

13.12.05.34e

On display

This statue of the god Ptah-Sokar-Osiris wearing curled ram horns, a sun-disc and plumes. Ptah-Sokar-Osiris was a popular god of the netherworld in the Ptolemaic and Roman periods. Statues of the god are often in tombs of this time. A vertical column of hieroglyphic text is painted on the back of the figure. In front of the god stands a small model of the deceased’s coffin that sits on top of a mummiform-shapaed hole (perhaps for a figure of the dead/shabti). On the sides of the model coffin are tiny painted figures protective deities including the goddesses Isis and Nephthys. Originally there was a figure of a jackal pegged to the lid of the model coffin but this is now missing. Between the coffin and the foot of the standing figure the name, parentage and titles of the deceased, Nesshutefnut. In 1905, John Garstang and his assistant Harold Jones spent three months excavating the site of Hissaya, with an excavation team of 80 people. Hissaya was a burial place used in the Graeco-Roman Period, mainly by priests of Horus from the temple city of Edfu, which is 20 km to the north of the site. The tombs were badly preserved, and had already been excavated and looted when Garstang and Jones arrived. Among the objects they found there and now in World Museum was a Book of the Dead belonging to a man named Djedhor, and the intact burial of a priest of the god Horus called Nesshutefnut. Beside the head of the coffin of Nesshutefnut was a Ptah-Sokar-Osiris figure, a wooden stela and a canopic chest.