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ID number:  ECM 622
Named collection:  The Eton Myers Collection
Title / Object name:  Fragmented Statuette of Osiris
Object type:  Statuette
Culture:  Egyptian
Date made:  Twenty-Sixth Dynasty (ca. 664-525 BCE)
Materials:  Stone
Measurements:  overall: 16.80 cm x 7.80 cm x 5.70 cm (H x W x D)
Provenance:  Unknown

The statuette represents Osiris in his mummified form and in an upright position. Although the statuette is only partially preserved, with no feet or head, it is clear from the attire that it represents Osiris. The god is shown wearing the plaited royal beard and a broad wesekh-collar around his neck. In his right hand he holds the flagellum/flail, and in his left hand the heka-sceptre. An inscription has been crudely engraved on the back pillar of the statuette, giving the title, name and filiation of the statuette’s owner (see below). According to the inscription, the owner of this statuette – whose name translates as ‘The Eye of Horus is Directed Against Them’ – was employed at the temple of Amun in an unknown location (perhaps Karnak?).

Inscriptions / Translations:  A: [...] of the Overseer of [unclear] of the Temple of Amun Irethoreru (‘The Eye of Horus is Directed Against Them’), son of Di[...]

Bibliography:  For the name of the statuette’s owner see H. Ranke, ‘Die ägyptischen Personennamen’ I, Glückstadt 1935, 42.

Notes:  For a fully preserved example of a bronze statuette of Osiris, see ECM 720; cf. also the parallels quoted there.

Although similar in style, neither of the black stone Osiris statuette heads in the collection (ECM 619 and ECM 621) are from this statuette.

On the basis of the occurence of the statuette owner’s name (cf. Ranke 1935, 42), ECM 622 probably dates to the Twenty-Sixth Dynasty (664-525 BCE).

A downloadable 3D Model is available here.

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Myers, William Joseph
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