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Ptah-Sokaris-Osiris statue

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The wooden statuette represents the mummiform god Ptah-Sokaris-Osiris, standing on a small pedestal. The statuette and its pedestal stand on a large rectangular block of wood; all parts are painted. The statuette is hollow and intended to contain a papyrus scroll. As such it formed part of a tomb equipment. In the back pillar is a lid that is partially preserved.
On the head is a long smooth wig that does not cover the ears, painted black but now faded. On the wig is the shuty-crown, consisting of two ostrich feathers and a sun disk mounted on ram's horns. The feathers are gilded and inlaid with blue and red stripes, the horns are black. The god's face is also gilded, the eyes and mouth are indicated in black paint.
Ptah-Sokaris-Osiris wears a tight-fitting red mummy-gown. On the chest is a broad wesekh-collar with falcon's heads on each end, painted red, white and blue. Over the collar hangs a small pectoral with uraei on both sides and a winged scarab underneath.
The block of wood has been plastered and painted with white, red and blue lines, imitating a palace fa├žade or a wall with niches.
On the front of the lower legs are three vertical lines of text; another line is on the lid of the back pillar.

Present location

ALLARD PIERSON MUSEUM [06/002] AMSTERDAM

Inventory number

APM 20

Dating

LATE PERIOD

Archaeological Site

UNKNOWN

Category

FIGURINE/STATUETTE

Material

WOOD; PLASTER; GOLD

Technique

SCULPTURED; PAINTED ON STUCCO; GILDED

Height

71 cm

Width

10 cm

Depth

8 cm

Translation

(1) Words to be spoken by the Osiris, the greatest of five of the west, Sabes justified, son of the greatest of five, [We]nnefer justified.
(2) Words to be spoken by Osiris, the first of the westerners, the great god, lord of Abydos, true of voice; the Osiris Wennefer, who goes out, true of voice.
(3) Words to be spoken by Osiris who is in ..., lord of Hermopolis, true of voice; the Osiris, the greatest of five, Sabes justified.

(4) A boon which the king gives to Osiris, lord of Busiris; Wennefer justified, son [...] the Osiris, the greatest of five [...]

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