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Naophorous Statue
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About Naophorous Statue




A statue that actually consists of two statues; the first is a kneeling man presenting the second one, which represents Osiris, the god of the dead.

The kneeling man wears a long wig that hangs on his shoulders and leaves his ears free, so that he will be able to hear all the prayers. He is wearing a short, pleated kilt. The god Osiris, is shown in the traditional way; he is enveloped in his shroud as a mummy, he holds his two insignias: the scepter, Heka symbol of sovereignty, and the flail, Nekhekh, symbol of eternity, and he wears the Atef crown and the false beard.

This type of statue first appeared during the 19th dynasty but gained popularity in the Late Period. The term "naophorous statue" is derived from the word "naos" which means "shrine" in Greek. This name was given to the statues of gods held in front of a functionary or a priest who may be either kneeling as in this statue, or standing.

Dimensions:  Height 44 cm

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