Third Intermediate Period, XXI Dynasty-XXV Dynasty
Bronze, 5 11/16 x 1 7/16 x 1 3/16 in. (14.4 x 3.6 x 3 cm)
37.565E, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Photo © Joan Lansberry, May 2008-2016
(From the museum website):|
"Middle Kingdom sculptures of Osiris, god of the dead, are extremely rare. This later example demonstrates his iconography, including the tightly wrapped mummy shroud and short curved beard. The shepherd's crook and the flail may be holdover from the Predynastic Period, when Osiris was worshiped as an agricultural god. Osiris's headgear consists of a protective uraeus-cobra, the White Crown of Upper Egypt, and two ostrich plumes, emblems of Ma'at, or the universal order. The atypical sun disk atop this version's crown seems to link Osiris with the sun's daily 'rebirth.'"
(I tried to do the best I could with all the reflections. The museum website now has a much clearer photo than mine.)