Statue of Isis protecting Osiris
From Karnak, Egypt
26th (Saite) Dynasty, around 590 BC
Dedicated by Sheshonq, chief steward of a 'god's wife'
This statue was dedicated by Sheshonq, a
steward of the
statue is thought to come from one of two chapels which were
dedicated to forms of Osiris worshipped at Karnak. These chapels
were built and extended by the god's wives of
This is probably the same Sheshonq as the owner of the large tomb (number 27) in Thebes, still to be seen at the east end of the area in front of the temple of Deir el-Bahari known as the Assasif.
E. Graefe, Untersuchungen zur Verwaltung (Wiesbaden, Harrassowitz, 1981)
S. Quirke, Ancient Egyptian religion (London, The British Museum Press, 1992)