Ancient Egypt, Third Intermediate Period, 21st to 25th Dynasty, ca. 1070 to 712 BCE. A fabulous cast-bronze figure of Osiris, the Egyptian god of the underworld, standing in mummiform with fused legs atop an integral rectangular plinth. He holds his signature flagellum and short-handled heka scepter (perhaps indicating Thebes as the figure's place of origin) in offset arms held atop the chest, and has sloping shoulders which trace down to bent elbows. His serene countenance is defined by a broad nose with flared nostrils, pouty lips with indented corners, smooth cheeks, a plaited false beard, and cupped ears, with thin brows surmounting the silvered ovoid eyes. The head is capped with an Atef crown replete with a pair of broad ostrich feathers indicative of the Cult of Osiris, a pair of horizontal spiraling ram horns, and a frontal uraeus. Fine green and brown patina envelops this wonderful example from ancient Egypt! Size: 2.5" W x 10.25" H (6.4 cm x 26 cm); 12.2" H (31 cm) on included custom stand.
For a stylistically-similar example from the Late Dynastic Period, please see The Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession number 61.45: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/545802
A strikingly-similar example of a larger size hammered for $20,315 at Christie's, New York Antiquities auction (sale 1244, June 11, 2003, lot 28): https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/lot/an-egyptian-bronze-figure-of-osiris-third-4108080-details.aspx?from=searchresults&intObjectID=4108080&sid=08caacf6-c84c-416d-8ba0-d211fd786fd7
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-Art for Eternity, New York, New York, USA
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Small loss to tip of one horn. Minor nicks and abrasions to body, arms, head, and crown, chipping to silvering in eyes, with light softening to some finer details, and extensive wear to legs. Light earthen deposits as well as fabulous green and brown patina throughout.