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Statuette of Canopic Jar with Head of Osiris

Culture Egyptian
Title Statuette of Canopic Jar with Head of Osiris
Date 50–150 CE
Medium Bronze and lead
Dimensions Object: 4 7/8 × 1 1/2 × 1 5/8 in. (12.4 × 3.8 × 4.1 cm)
Overall: 4 7/8 × 1 1/2 × 1 5/8 in. (12.4 × 3.8 × 4.1 cm)
Credit Line Burton Y. Berry Collection, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 76.20.3

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About this Work

Canopus is an ancient coastal city, situated in the Nile River delta. It was a cult center for Osiris and, in the early Roman period, statuettes of Osiris were typically presented in a jar-like form with the head of the god. Made in a variety of materials, this type of statuette is often associated with temples and shrines. Eskenazi Museum of Art’s bronze example is especially fine. Osiris wears a nemes headdress and a feather crown with sun disk. His body is decorated with a shrine flanked by birds and figures and supported by a winged beetle.

Provenance research is ongoing for this and many other items in the Eskenazi Museum of Art permanent collection. For more information about the provenance of this artwork, please contact the department curator with specific questions.

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