sábado, 12 de marzo de 2016

Painted wooden figure of Osiris

Painted wooden figure of Osiris

From the tomb of Hunefer, Egypt (exact location not known)
19th Dynasty, around 1275 BC

The hollow body contained a rolled funerary papyrus

From the Nineteenth to the mid-Twenty-second Dynasty (about 12950--850 BC) a carved wooden figure of the god Osiris was often included in the tombs of persons of high status. the image or its base was usually hollow, and the cavity contained a rolled papyrus on which funerary texts were inscribed.

This statue was made for the scribe Hunefer, who probably lived during the reign of Sety I (about 1294-1279 BC). It represents Osiris as a mummy, wearing a feathered crown adorned with a sun disc, and grasping the royal crook and flail sceptres that denote his status as a ruler of the netherworld. The hieroglyphic inscription painted on the front of the body invokes Osiris and the embalmer-god Anubis, who are asked to grant the deceased Hunefer unrestricted access to the realm of the dead.

S. Quirke, Ancient Egyptian religion (London, The British Museum Press, 1992)

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