Egyptian Polychrome Painted Wood Ptah Soker Osiris

15165. Egyptian Polychrome Painted Wood Ptah Soker Osiris

LatePeriod, ca 715 to 30 BC

 Depicted mummiform, overall painted and wearing a striped tripartite wig and red face with black and white painted eyes, pupils, cosmetic lines and brows, a braided beard, the body painted red, a vertical column of hieroglyphs down the center of the body front with an inscription which reads  ...’The Osiris. May bread, beer, … and linen be presented to him from upon the offering table … Amun …’.  He had a separately made composite headdress with plumes, disc and horns.


Ptah Soker Osiris was the God of resurrection and standard funerary equipment for the deceased. It was customary to have one such statue in every tomb.  As early as the Old Kingdom, the god Ptah of Memphis formed close links with the funerary god of the city, Sokar, leading to the creation of the god Ptah-Sokar. In later times this god also acquired the characteristics of the god Osiris, resulting in the god Ptah-Sokar-Osiris. Statues of the god often formed part of the tomb equipment in the Late Period. They usually show a mummy with a human head standing on a base, wearing a crown.


Size: 25 3/4 inches (65 cm). Height

Provenance: Ex California Private Collection; ex Eugene Iglesias, Southern California.






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