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Priest Holding the Figure of Osiris
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Priest Holding the Figure of Osiris


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Description Statues such as this were placed in temples and show the owner presenting a divine image to his god. This statue represents Djed-khonsu-iuef-ankh, a priest of the god Montu of Thebes. He holds a statuette of Osiris, god of the underworld. Priests cared for cult images of the gods by cleaning and clothing them, as well as, offering them daily food and drink. The inscriptions on this statue indicate that it was placed in the Temple of Montu at Karnak and was dedicated on behalf of Djed-khonsu-iuef-ankh by his son, Khonsu-mes. The owner of such a statue benefited during his life, but also after his death, from the rituals for the god with whom he is represented.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
8/31/1998Examinationsurvey
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1911, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1911

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Period
ca. 665-650 BC (Third Intermediate-Late Period)
Medium
granodiorite
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
22.174
Measurements
22 7/16 x 5 1/2 x 10 1/4 in. (57 x 14 x 26 cm)
Geography
  • Karnak Cachette at Karnak, Egypt (Place of Discovery)

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