Statuette of Osiris with Was Sceptre

Culture: Egyptian
Period: Late period, 664-332 B.C.
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 14.7 cm high
Price: sold
Ref: 1056
Provenance: French private collection from the 1970s. Later in the Parisian auction house Tajan, 22 October 2004, lot 142.
Condition: Beautifully preserved.
Description: Rare depiction of the mummy-shaped Osiris with the Was sceptre in form of a staff, which is a symbol of power or dominion. The sceptre that was often handed over from the Gods to the pharaos has a stylized animal head on top. In a funerary context the Was sceptre was responsible for the well-being of the deceased. Osiris himself wears a fake beard and the Atef crown as a symbol of his reign in the underworld. Since the Atef crown also represents the rule in Upper- and Lower Egypt it therefore often replaces the double crown. Accompanied by a French antique passport!