Ancient Egypt, Third Intermediate Period, 21st to 25th Dynasty, ca. 1070 to 664 BCE. An intriguing and finely preserved pendant of an Osiroid divinity, an ambiguous anthropomorphic figure that exhibits many characteristics of the mummified Osiris. The petite figure stands in mummiform with fused legs and gently downturned feet, holds a pair of flagellums (also flagella) crossed atop the chest, and is presented covered in layers of lustrous, cobalt blue glaze. The raised head peers forward with ovoid eyes protruding beneath incised brows, has a bulbous nose and full lips above a false beard, and wears an Atef crown with a faint frontal uraeus cobra as well as a pair of ostrich feathers. A narrow suspension hole that is biconically drilled through the neck enables this figure to be worn as a pendant. Size: 0.375" W x 1.25" H (1 cm x 3.2 cm)
Provenance: ex-Phoenicia Holyland Antiquities, New York, New York, USA; ex-Sotheby's, New York "Antiquities" auction (December 7, 2001, part of lot 245); ex-private collection, acquired between 1955 and 1965
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Very light encrustations within some recessed areas, otherwise intact and choice. Great remains of detailing as well as wonderful glaze color throughout.