This original and important wood statue depicts the Egyptian god of resurrection, Ptah-Sokar-Osiris standing and wearing a tightly fitting mummiform garment, tripartite wig and beard. Beautiful adorned in polychrome pigments in impeccable original condition with broad collar which terminates in profile Horus falcon heads. A single band of hieroglyphic script down front and back has offering formulas with gods‘ names which translates as follows: Front: “May a royal offering be given to Osiris, foremost of the west, great god, lord of Abydos, Onnophris, ruler of eternity.” Back: “May a royal offering be given to Ptah-Sokar-Osiris, that he may (in turn) give invocation offerings of bread, beer, oxen, fowl, alabaster, linen, refreshing “May a royal offering be given to Osiris, water.” Size: 21-1/2 inches + Height on base but with tang it is 25-1/2 inches H; 27-1/2 on modern custom base. Condition: Age wear and oxidation. Remarkable remains of original polychrome mineral pigments over gesso. Some minor losses, face, beard, wig, pectoral. Missing original base and feather headdress. Stable crack left feet side. Arabic number ^^^ (888) written in red ink to underside.
Provenance: Ex A. Mehilba, Upland California, acquired from an estate. Originally in a 1980s fabricated plexi-glass cap display box (now lost due to being damaged)
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.
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