Standing Figure of Osiris
Standing Figure of Osiris, Late Period (664–332 BC), ca. 600–343 BC
6 1/2 × 1 3/4 in. (16.51 × 4.45 cm)
Gift of Richard and Erna Flagg M1991.53
Photo credit: John Nienhuis
Statuettes such as this one were common offerings to the gods in the late Egyptian world. Pilgrims often purchased them from local vendors to leave as votives at religious sites. This example depicts Osiris, god of the dead and symbol of rebirth. He wears the atef crown (a tall hat surrounded by upright feathers), a mummy shroud and collar, and holds the crook and flail, the insignia of a united Egypt.
Winters, Laurie et al., A Renaissance Treasury: The Flagg Collection of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1999, p. 154.
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