The God Osiris
Figures of the god Osiris are particularly common from the Late Period (circa 664–332 B.C.). The craftsmanship of this figure is of a very high standard, the head executed virtually without fault. The bland and benign expression of the face is characteristic of work after the beginning of the 26th Dynasty. That the false beard is attached under the chin and does not envelop it suggests a dating in the second half of the dynasty.
Green siltstone or greywacke. Now in the Brooklyn Museum.
Falcon headed necklace terminals
Made of Egyptian faience. Late Period, ca. 664-332 BC. Private Collection.
Statue of Isis
Detail of a
statue of the goddess Isis, from the tomb of the scribe Psamtik, Saqqara.
This statue was found in the tomb of the Chief of Scribes, Overseer of the Seal, and Governor of the Palace,
Psamtik, at Saqqara. It represents Isis, the mother of Horus, in the form of a beautiful woman. She is seated, wearing a long tight dress, her left hand is placed on her knee, while her right hand holds the ankh-symbol of life. Isis is often associated with Hathor, and here is presented wearing the latter goddess’ crown, the cow’s horns surmounted by a sun-disc. The base of the statue bears an inscription dedicating the statue to Isis from
Late Period, 26th Dynasty, ca. 664-525 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Photo: Sandro Vannini
Statuette of Taweret
Faience glazed figurine of Taweret, the protective goddess of childbirth and fertility. Late Period, ca 664-332 BC. Now in the Ashmolean Museum.
Ancient Egyptian Musical Instrument
Triangle harp, made of wood and copper. Late Period, ca. 664-332 BC. 26th to 30th Dynasty. Now in the Louvre.
A priest carries long stalks of papyri and a basket of cakes and bread. Style of the later Old Kingdom.
A servant girl brings tomb offerings to the tomb owner. She carries long stalks of papyri with lotus flowers and buds slung over her arms. The basket balanced on her head contains either fruit or cakes. To the left is an incomplete offering formula. Based on Old Kingdom work.
Late Period, 26th Dynasty, ca. 664-525 BC. Now in the Cleveland Museum.
Humanoid Khepri Scarab
This rare model of the Egyptian scarab beetle creator god Khepri, with a human head and arms emerging from a scarab’s exoskeleton. Most likely from the Late Period, ca. 664-332 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum of Berlin.
Amulet of a winged scarab, made of Egyptian faience. Late Period, ca. 664-332 BC. Private Collection.