Papyrus Container in the Form of a God
Wood, gesso, pigment, gilt
Late Period, Dynasty 26, ca. 664-525 BCE
Purchased in Egypt, 1894-95, OIM 357
Photo ©Joan Ann Lansberry, 2010

(From museum info card):
Papyri inscribed with protective texts were often stored within the base or body of a statuette. This example is identified by the inscription as the funerary god Ptah-Sokar-Osiris who is shown wrapped in mummy bandages and wearing a wide floral collar. His face is gold, a symbol of his association with the sun god in his eternal cycle of daily rebirth. The faces of mummy cases were often gilded to express this same union with the deities."

Photo ©Joan Ann Lansberry, 2010