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Grey siltstone statue of Isis: a small yet impressive statue showing a standing figure of Isis protecting with her wings a small figure of Osiris. The goddess wears a 'modius', a crown of uraeus serpents, on top of which is a pair of cows' horns and a sun-disc. The latter is worn by many female deities, and it is usually only other iconographical details and texts which permit us to identify the particular goddess. Osiris is, as usual, shown as a mummy wrapped in a tight robe, wearing the 'atef' crown and carrying a crook and flail, the symbols of kingship. Hieroglyphs before the feet of Osiris give the god's name and epithets and the name of the dedicator of the object; in front of those hieroglyphs is a short recitation by Isis indicating that she protects her brother and defeats his enemies. The longer text running around the base of the statue is a prayer offered up by the dedicator, Sheshonq, Steward of Ankhnesneferibra, to Isis, requesting, among other things, a long life and a good burial.
- 590BC-530BC (circa)
- Excavated/Findspot: Karnak, Temple
- (Africa,Egypt,Upper Egypt,Karnak (Thebes))
- Height: 81.3 centimetres (max)
- Width: 17 centimetres
- Depth: 47 centimetres
- Weight: 20 kilograms (estimate)
Inscription TranslationTitles/epithets include : Steward of Ankhnesneferibra Titles/epithets include : High Priestess
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 adoratrices of Amun and the kings with whom they were associated.
E. Graefe, ‘Untersuchungen zur Verwaltung und Geschichte der Institution der Gottesgemahlin des Amun vom Beginn des Neuen Reiches bis zur Spätzeit’ (Wiesbaden, 1981),pp. 219-21, (P20), Taf. 8*, 16b, 17;
see B. Porter & R. Moss, 'Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs and Paintings' II, 2nd ed. (Oxford: Clarendon Press), p.289;
J.H. Taylor and N.C. Strudwick, Mummies: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt. Treasures from The British Museum, Santa Ana and London 2005, pl. on p. 13;
N. Strudwick, Masterpieces of Ancient Egypt, London 2006, pp. 270-1.
2005-2008, California, The Bowers Museum, Death and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt
19th Nov 2011- 11 Mar 2012. Richmond , VA, Virginia museum of Fine Art. Mummy. The inside story.
Mar - Oct 2012. Brisbane, Queensland Museum South Bank. Mummy: The Inside Story
2012/3, Nov-Apr, Mumbai, CSMVS, Mummy: The Inside Story
2013, Apr-Nov, Singapore, ArtScience Museum, Mummy: The Inside Story
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
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Object reference number: YCA69159
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