Author(s): C. Zarnoch, E. Sullivan
Description: This statue of Isis protecting Osiris was dedicated by a man named Sheshonq, a steward of the “god’s wife of Amun” Ankhnesneferibre. Isis stands behind Osiris (her husband in Egyptian mythology) with her wings on either side of that god in a gesture of protection. She wears a crown of ureai with the sun disk between two cow horns, a typical crown for a goddess. The mummiform Osiris wears his traditional atef crown and clutches the crook and flail, symbols of kingship.
Provenance: Discovered in an Osiris Chapel of Ankhnesneferibre
Person: Isis and Osiris, from the reign of a Saite king (probably Psammetichus II)
Date: Dynasty 26, Late Period (c590 BCE)
Material: Grey schist
Dimensions: H: 81.30cm
Current Location: British Museum
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