Egyptian Bronze Statuette of Osiris
An ancient Egyptian bronze statuette of the god Osiris, lord of the underworld. The standing god wears the hedjet crown, a regal beard, and holds a crook and flail. There is a suspension loop at the back of his neck.
Late Period, ca. 700-30 BC.
Osiris was one of the most important gods of the Egyptian pantheon. He was the lord of the underworld, god of the dead and their domain to the west. Osiris was also the god of the inundation of the Nile and consequently fertility and came to be seen as a protective deity over both the living and dead.
Cf. Metropolitan Museum of Art inv. no. 61.45.
Formerly in a New York private collection, acquired at Hotel Drouot, Tajan, Paris, October 13, 1995; previously in French private collection.