An Egyptian Polychrome Painted Wood Ptah Soker Osiris
Ancient Egypt, Ptolemaic Period, Ca. 304 to 30 BC. Depicted mummiform, wearing a black tripartite wig and separately-made plumed crown with a solar disk, the green face with black painted eyes, pupils, cosmetic lines and brows, the body painted red, with three horizontal bands outlined in black across the chest, a vertical column of hieroglyphs down the center of the body, reading: Recitation by Osiris Sepa: A Royal [Offering] Formula (to) [the Foremost], the Great God, Lord of Abydos. The figure is inserted into a separately-made high rectangular plinth.
As early as the Old Kingdom, the god Ptah of Memphis formed close links with the funerary god of the city, Sokar, leading to the creation of the god Ptah-Sokar. In later times this god also acquired the characteristics of the god Osiris, resulting in the god Ptah-Sokar-Osiris. Statues of the god often formed part of the tomb equipment in the Late Period. They usually show a mummy with a human head standing on a base, wearing a crown. 22-3/8"H (56.8 cm.), Length of base 11" 28cm).
Provenance: Ex-Dr. Alfred Vogl and Patricia Stickney, New York, early 1950s to 1973.
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