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, Egyptian Bronze Figure of Osiris with Bastet-Cat and Falcon
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TITLE:  Egyptian Bronze Figure of Osiris with Bastet-Cat and Falcon
WORK DATE:  circa 664 BC - 30 BC
PERIOD:  3000 B.C.–400 A.D.
CATEGORY:  Sculptures
SIZE:  h: 5.6 in / h: 14.2 cm
STYLE:  antiquities/ancient art
PRICE*:  8,000 US$  (Convert prices to your currency with our Currency Converter)
GALLERY:  Harlan J. Berk Ltd.  +1-312-609-0016  Send Email

This figure of Osiris features an elaborate atef crown, generally composed of the bulbous White Crown of Upper Egypt, accented by flanking plumes, a uraeus, and twisted horns. Below the attached false beard, Osiris grasps the crook and flail, agricultural implements that indicate Osiris’ very ancient origins. The presence of the small cat indicates the widespread popularity of the cat-goddess Bastet at this time and the goddess’s magical associations. In some mythical contexts Bastet is identified as the mother of Anubis, god of embalming and the protector of the corpse, and, in the town of Edfu, she is referred to as “the ba (a soul element) of Isis”, wife of Osiris. Moreover, Bastet and the related leonine goddess Sekhmet are among the deities in control of a body of magical spirits or demons called sheseru (“arrows”). Among these were troops of emissaries and messengers who could punish sinners or attack as directed. The votive bronze may have included the cat representation to further invest the image with magical power to enlist powerful forces and thereby allow the offerer’s wishes to be fully directed to the god Osiris. The falcon-head surmounted by solar disk and plumes, found on the back of the Osiris figure invest the figure with the power of Horus, a great solar deity, representing the power of kingship. More fundamentally, Horus was the son of Osiris, and his defender against his murderer, the evil god Set. The combination of Osiris and Horus symbolizes the triumph of good over evil embodied in the myth of Osiris and the magical power Horus represented as Righteous Defender. The base of this highly unusual bronze votive incorporates two inscriptions to two individual deities. The side inscription makes reference to an offering to the solar deity Re, and the front inscription to the goddess Bastet, represented figurally as a cat in the corner of the statue composition itself. (The Ancient Gods Speak: A Guide to Egyptian Religion, Edited by Donald B. Redford, p. 105) Intact. Mounted

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