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Statuette of Osiris with the name of Padihorpere

Late Period
Dynasty 25–26
ca. 712–525 B.C.
From Egypt
Copper alloy
H. 29 × W. 6.2 × D. 4.2 cm (11 7/16 × 2 7/16 × 1 5/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1956
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 127
A superb example of a bronze, this figure of Osiris is shown in his typical mummy form, wearing his tall plumed crown and holding the crook and flail of kingship. These elements were overlaid with gold, as was his face, neck, curled beard of divinity, broad festival collar, and pectoral, the latter of which bears an image of the solar bark. The upper part of the body is covered with a bead net pattern, and a divine falcon is depicted on the back, with its wings wrapped around the lower body. At the waist is an amulet in the form of Ma'at, goddess of the cosmic order, and a cartouche enclosing the name of Osiris adorns the knees. At the god's feet is a winged beetle. On the base are nine bows, representing the traditional “enemies” of Egypt, and a pattern of hieroglyphs runs around the sides and back.

The "Priest of Amun, Padihorpere" is shown twice, labeled as “adoring the god four times,” before cartouches containing the two principal epithets associated with Osiris, Lord of the Living, and Lord of the Dead.

The figure was cast using the lost wax method, with the delicate lines of decoration engraved into the wax.
Previously collection of Tigrane Pasha, Cairo (d. 1904). Purchased by the museum from Michel Abemayor, New York, 1956.

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