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Egyptian Art - PTAH-SOKAR-OSIRIS FIGURE


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Late Period, 664-332 B.C. A gesso-painted wood Ptah-Sokar-Osiris, the mummiform figure wearing tripartite wig with Atef crown, false beard, with a tang for insertion at the bottom.

This funeral deity is the syncretistic association of three different gods : Sokaris was the Memphite god of the dead, but he was also the patron of the workers who built the necropolis and the craftsmen who made tomb artefacts and of those who made ritual objects and substances used in mummification. From the Middle Kingdom he was merged with Ptah. Ptah-Sokar represented the soil and its power to create life. As Ptah was considered to be the patron of artisans, Sokar became specifically the patron of goldsmiths. Soon after, Sokar became associated with Osiris as the composite deity, Ptah-Sokar-Osiris. This composite deity represented the three aspects of the universe: creation, stability, and death.
Cod.  94/2015      



Year: 664-332 a.C.
Dimension: Heigth 45 cm
Note:
Little chipping, paint loss, repaintings.




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