Osiris-Iah, Cupreous metal, precious metal leaf


Late Period
664–332 B.C.
From Egypt
Cupreous metal, precious metal leaf
H. 20.9 cm (8 1/4 in.); W. 5.9 cm (2 5/16 in.); D. 9.4 cm (3 11/16 in.)
H. (with tang): 22.7 cm (8 15/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Ethel McCullough Scott, John G. McCullough, and Edith McCullough Irons, 1972
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
Osiris-Iah is a form of Osiris specifically linked to the moon, a feature made explicit in this figure through the crown, which represents the moon disk resting on the crescent moon, thereby encompassing the moon in all of its phases. The statuette conforms to the standard iconography for this deity in which he is shown with the moon crown, seated and wearing an enveloping garment, and holding the crook and flail. This figure is further elaborated with bracelets, visible where the cloak opens on the chest. Osiris-Iah can also be shown striding and wearing a short kilt, such as on 04.2.452. The god Osiris is linked to the moon because, as the moon changes from crescent to full from month to month, it recalls Osiris’ continual rebirth and regeneration.
Hall Park McCullough Estate, offered to the museum, 1968.