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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ Themes & Provenance ▸ Gods, Non-Olympian ▸ OsirisView Options:  |  |  | 

Osiris

Osiris was the Egyptian god of the afterlife, the underworld and the dead. Osiris was also associated with the cycles of nature, in particular vegetation and the annual flooding of the Nile. He is classically depicted as a green-skinned man with a pharaoh's beard, partially mummy-wrapped at the legs, wearing a distinctive crown with two large ostrich feathers at either side, and holding a symbolic crook and flail. Osiris was the oldest son of the Earth god Geb, and the sky goddess Nut, the brother and husband of Isis, and father of Horus. The Kings of Egypt were associated with Osiris in death - as Osiris rose from the dead they would, in union with him, inherit eternal life through a process of imitative magic. By the New Kingdom all people, not just pharaohs, were believed to be associated with Osiris at death if they incurred the costs of the assimilation rituals.


5" Egyptian Bronze Figure of Osiris, 26th - 30th Dynasty, 664 - 342 B.C.

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AB31082. Egyptian bronze figure of the god Osiris in mummified form, Choice, wearing Atef-crown with Uraeus, braided beard curved at the tip, holding the royal regalia crock and flail; two-sided; excellent detail, original patina, height 13.6 cm (5 1/8"); $1125.00 (Ä978.75)


Roman Egypt, Nov 130 - c. 138 A.D.

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Antinous probably joined the entourage of Hadrian when it passed through Bithynia in about 124. He became Hadrian's constant companion and lover but in October 130 Antinous drowned in the Nile. Hadrian's grief knew no bounds; he enrolled him among the gods, erected a temple, and on 30 October 130 A.D., Hadrian founded the city of Antinoopolis on the very bank of the Nile river where Antinous drowned. It was the capital of a new nome, Antinoopolites. Artists vied with each other in immortalizing his beauty. Temples and statues to his memory were erected all over the Empire, and there began a Cult of Antinous. On this coin he is depicted in the guise of Hermanubis.
RX90577. Lead tessera, cf. Roma Numismatics auction 6, session 2 (29 Sep 2013), lot 925 (otherwise unpublished, realized $484 plus fees); Geissen 3584 for similar obv, aF, edge chip, weight 3.719 g, maximum diameter 22.9 mm, die axis 90o, Alexandria(?) mint, Nov 130 - c. 138 A.D. (possibly later); obverse AntinoŁs on horseback right, wearing hem-hem crown, holding scepter; reverse Osiris standing left, nude to waist, himation around hips and legs, situla in right, long scepter vertical in left, ram at feet on left; extremely rare; $135.00 (Ä117.45)







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Osiris