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Statue of Osiris (feet and base)

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Osiris, god of the dead, stands mummiform, arms folded right over left, with wedge-formed feet. Head and hands emerge from a shroud so smoothly contoured to the shape of the body that details such as arms, elbows, and kneecaps emerge from the plain undifferentiated surface as islands of relief,...

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Provenance

From Giza. 1798: found at Giza during Napoleon Bonaparte’s Egyptian campaign by General Jean Lannes, Duc de Montebello; taken to Paris following the French capitulation to the English; passed down in the owner’s family until 2000; 2000: purchased by the MFA from owner. (Accession date: October 25, 2000.)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Stanford Calderwood in honor of Norma Jean Calderwood, a member of the Visiting Committee of Art of the Ancient World

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 26, 664–525 B.C.

Object Place for Label

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Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 20 x 15.5 x 29 cm (7 7/8 x 6 1/8 x 11 7/16 in.) - Lower Part Height: .55cm (21 5/8 in) - upper part

Accession Number

2000.973

Medium or Technique

Greywacke

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture