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Osiris Canopic Statuette

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.

Osiris Canopic Statuette
1st–2nd century AD
H. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm), W. 1 1/2 in (3.8 cm), L. 1 5/8 in (4.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Burton Y. Berry Collection, 76.20.3