Ptah-Sokar-Osiris from the Necropolis of Akhmim

Culture: Egyptian
Period: Ptolemaic period, 332-30 B.C.
Material: Wood
Dimensions: 74 cm high
Price: 16 000 Euro
Ref: 1136
Provenance: From the property of a Belgian ambassador to Egypt (died in 2015). Acquired between 1966 and 1971.
Condition: A 3.5 cm long break at the left corner in the back of the base, traces of wear, as well as cracks in the wood. A narrow, inserted wood ridge at the bottom of the statuette for stabilization. All in all a completely preserved Ptah-Sokar-Osiris statuette with rich polychromy.
Description: Mummy-shaped statuette of Ptah-Sokar-Osiris with abundant remains of polychromy and gilding. The deity stands on his rectangular original base, wearing the tri-partite wig with the Atef crown, the gilded sun disk standing out. Left and right thereof the two-feathers depicted with dotted lines, underneath on both sides horizontally protruding ram horns. Around the neck of the statuette a collar (Usekh collar). The base with three parallel and one revolving running lines of hieroglyphs reading a long offering phrase and numerous deities. A priest is mentioned as the owner of the statuette, son of “Djedhor” and born by the mother “Nebet Udjat (?)”. Around the base a revolving frieze with Ankh symbols (the sign for eternal life) alternating with two opposed Was sceptres (symbol for power). Accompanied by an expertise and translation of the inscription by the Munich Egyptologist Dr. Edith Bernhauer.