Late Period–Ptolemaic Period

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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. Hanging uraei further elaborate the crown. The statuette conforms to the standard iconography for this deity in which he is shown with the moon crown, striding, and wearing a short kilt. As a variant on the base iconography, he also carries a wadjet eye on his chest. Osiris-Iah can also be shown seated and wearing a mummiform garment with the same crown, such as on 1971.272.15. 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. Powers of rebirth and regeneration are also associated with the wadjet eye, making it a particularly appropriate attribute for this god.

Osiris-Iah, Cupreous metal

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