Egyptian Wood Ptah-Sokar-Osiris
An ancient Egyptian painted wood Ptah-Sokar-Osiris. The figure stands, mummiform with blue and red broad collars with falcon-head terminals at the shoulders, a tripartite wig, false beard and a separately carved ostrich plume headdress. A vertical Hieroglyphic inscription names the owner.
Ptah-Sokar-Osiris was an amalgamation of three deities. Figures began to appear in burials at the end of the New Kingdom. Large wooden Ptah-Sokar-Osiris figures were very common features of Late Period burials through to the Ptolemaic and Roman periods. The figures were mummiform, standing on a wooden base, usually with a plumed crown and inscriptions to Osiris in the name of the deceased.
Formerly in the collection of Earl Stendahl (d. 1966), Santa Barbara, acquired in the 1950s.