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45: An Egyptian Large Gilt Ptah-Sokar-Osiris

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Finely-detailed and large Ptah Sokar Osiris; nice glyphs on front and back, gilded face with almond eyes and a slight smile. A rare style in that it is in two halves, put together like a small mummy coffin with pegs. Traces of linen still remaining inside. Just over 25"H (64 cm)!

The mummiform appearance and the crown of ostrich feathers, rams, and solar disk are fixed attributes of this syncretistic deity. The heavy tripartite wig and long curved beard are both emblems of divinity. Most noteworthy in the respect is the figurines finish with gold leaf over a coating of white gesso. Gold is not just precious material, it is a divine substance: according to the ancient Egyptians, the flesh of the gods was made of gold, and their bones of silver. Because gold does not corrode, it became a symbol of eternity and immortality. Its association with the sun and its revivifying rays also contributed to this symbolism. Thus, gold is most fitting material for figurines of divinities, particularly for such patrons of resurrection as Ptah-Sokar-Osiris.

PROVENANCE: Ex-private Swiss Collection formed in the 1960's and 70's.

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Gesso losses as shown. No restoration.

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Estimate $18,000 – $22,000
Starting Bid $9,000

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