Large Ancient Egyptian Bronze Osiris Figure Third Intermediate period, 21st-25th dynasty, ca. 1070-712 B.C. Size 10 1/4 inches High +mount . x 2 1/2 inches Wide. A Massive Large cast bronze figure of Osiris, the Egyptian god of the underworld, standing in mummiform atop an integral rectangular plinth. He holds his signature flagellum and short-handled heka scepter (perhaps indicating Thebes as the figures place of origin) in offset arms held across the chest, and has sloping shoulders which trace down to bent elbows. His serene countenance is defined by a broad nose with flared nostrils, pouty lips with indented corners, smooth cheeks, a plaited false beard, and cupped ears, with thin brows surmounting the silver ovoid eyes. The head is capped with an Atef crown replete with a pair of broad ostrich feathers indicative of the Cult of Osiris, a pair of horizontal spiraling ram horns, and a frontal uraeus. Overall green and brown patina envelopes the surface. Old wood block base. Provenance: NYC collection, ex. Norman Blankman collection, NY., 1960s, ex. Art for Eternity, NYC.
The piece has been professionally restored.