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Osiris inscribed for Harkhebit, son of Padikhonsu and Isetempermes

Late Period–Ptolemaic Period
600–300 BC
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Memphis (Mit Rahina), Egyptian Antiquities Service, found July 1909
Bronze, silver
H. 76 cm (29 15/16 in.); H. without tang 72 cm (28 3/8 in.); W. 22.3 cm (8 3/4 in.); D. 18.5 cm (7 5/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1910
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
During the first millennium B.C. Osiris’s cult became dominant and was observed in seemingly every temple in the land. This large Osiris was dedicated somewhere at Memphis. After a period, which might even be hundreds of years, it was removed with other figures – including 10.175.131, .132 and .134 - for respectful burial within the temple precincts.

The statue's facial features - upturned eyes and a small curved mouth - recall early to mid-Saite Period style. Various factors need consideration, but it may be that this statue, like the statue of Nefertum 10.175.131 that has similar features, dates to a period long before it was cached away, probably sometime in the fourth or third century.

The name of the dedicator's mother means Isis-is-in-the-birth-house and she gave her son, the dedicator, a name meaning Horus-is-in-the-marshes, referring to Isis giving birth to Horus and concealing him in the marshes during his infancy.
Found in July 1909 in a cache at Mit Rahineh, purchased from the Egyptian Government in 1910.

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