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Osiris and Polychrome coffin section



A rectangular section of a polychrome wooden coffin, to the centre of the panel three vertical columns of hieroglyphic text; a seated figure to the left, wearing false beard and long tunic, holding a feather (symbol of truth, Ma'at) in his hand; to the right a large serpent arranged in regular waves, possibly depicting Nehebkau as a full serpent; mounted on a custom-made display stand. 185 grams, 22cm wide (272 grams total including stand) (8 1/2"). Fine condition.


A bronze figure of Osiris standing in mummiform shroud with nekhakha flail and heka short-handled crook in the crossed hands, Atef crown to the head with solar disc finial; mounted on a custom-made stand. 173 grams total, 16.5cm including stand (6 1/2"). Fine condition.

On the polychrome coffin fragment the hieroglyphs look like a standard offering format that harkened back to earlier times. I think it's quite a bit earlier than 332 BC, same with Osiris

Nehebkau (also spelled Nehebu-Kau) is the primordial snake god in ancient Egyptian mythology. Although originally considered an evil spirit, he later functions as a funerary god associated with the afterlife. As one of the forty-two assessors of Ma’at, Nehebkau was believed to judge the deceased after death and provide their souls with ka – the part of the soul that distinguished the living from the dead.

Nehebkau was ultimately considered a powerful, benevolent and protective deity. In late mythology, he is described as a companion of the sun god Re and an attendant of the deceased King. As he is so closely associated with the sun god, his name was evoked in magical spells for protection. His festival was widely celebrated throughout the Middle and New Kingdoms.

Osiris (/oʊˈsaɪrɪs/, from Egyptian wsjr, Coptic ⲟⲩⲥⲓⲣⲉ)[2][3] is the god of fertility, agriculture, the afterlife, the dead, resurrection, life, and vegetation in ancient Egyptian religion. He was classically depicted as a green-skinned deity with a pharaoh's beard, partially mummy-wrapped at the legs, wearing a distinctive atef crown, and holding a symbolic crook and flail.[4] He was one of the first to be associated with the mummy wrap. When his brother, Set, cut him up into pieces after killing him, Isis, his wife, found all the pieces and wrapped his body up, enabling him to return to life. Osiris was at times considered the eldest son of the earth god Geb[5] and the sky goddess Nut, as well as being brother and husband of Isis, with Horus being considered his posthumously begotten son.[5] In the Old Kingdom (2686 - 2181 BC) the pharaoh was considered a son of the sun god Ra who, after his death, ascended to join Ra in the sky. With the spread of the Osiris cult, however, there was a change in beliefs.[6] He was also associated with the epithet Khenti-Amentiu, meaning "Foremost of the Westerners", a reference to his kingship in the land of the dead.[7] Through syncretism with Iah, he is also a god of the Moon.[8]


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