Year: 664-332 a.C.
Dimension: Higth 50 cm
Chippings, paint losses
Late Period, 664-332 B.C. A gesso-painted wood Ptah-Sokar-Osiris, the mummiform figure wearing tripartite wig painted in blue, false beard, large usek collar composed of five horizontal bands outlined in black across the chest, the face with black painted eyes, pupils, cosmetic lines and brows, the body painted red, a vertical column of hieroglyphs down the center of the body and another on the back. Chipping, paint loss, repaintings.
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.