Ancient Egypt, New Kingdom to Third Intermediate Period, 18th to 25th Dynasty, ca. 1549 to 712 BCE. A wonderful, hand-carved limestone stele depicting a standing figure presenting offerings to Osiris beneath a set of broad wings. Osiris stands in mummiform while holding a lengthy heka scepter and wears a beaded shoulder wrap as well as an Atef crown bedecked with ostrich feathers and a pair of ram horns. Between the two figures is a tall table with myriad offerings including a goose and a spouted jug beneath. Though untranslated, six partial columns of inscribed hieroglyphic text above the figures provide the names of Osiris and the deceased, and four additional lines of hieroglyphs list the various presented offerings. One area of the top reads, "A gift is given to the Osiris, great god . . . " and another area reads, "for the Ka of . . . " Size: 10.2" W x 22" H (25.9 cm x 55.9 cm).
For a stylistically similar example of a stele showing Pharaoh Amenhotep I presenting offerings to Osiris, please see The Brooklyn Museum, accession number 37.1485E.
Provenance: private J.H. collection, Beaverton, Oregon, USA; ex-Relics of the Nile, Lexington, Kentucky, USA, acquired in 2008; ex-private S.O. Simonian collection, acquired and imported into Europe prior to 1972, and brought into the USA around 2002
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Minor chips and abrasions to top of obverse, peripheries, and verso, with softening to some inscribed hieroglyphic characters, and light encrustations within some recessed areas and hieroglyphs. Great earthen deposits throughout.