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ankh

a hieroglyphic sign for life, similar to a cross but with a loop in place of the upper arm and usually worn as jewelry

Atef Crown

crown of the god Osiris; White Crown of Upper Egypt flanked by two plumes, or feathers

canopic jar

A canopic jar is a funerary jar containing human organs extracted during the process of mummification; the stoppers of the jars took the shape of the heads of the four sons of the god Horus, who are the patrons of the liver, lungs, stomach and intestine.

naos

A small chapel or shrine made of stone or wood that used to be placed in the sanctuary of the Egyptian temple, in order to house the statue of the god.

plumes

large feathers, usually worn on a crown or headdress

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Osirian Jar
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This white marble jar is in the shape of the local god Osiris Canopus. The lid depicts the head of the Egyptian god Osiris. The body is in the shape of the canopic jars that contain the viscera of the deceased. The body of the jar is decorated with a high relief of Harpocrates and Isis.

The Osirian head is crowned with the Atef crown, the White Crown of Upper Egypt flanked by two plumes. The body of the jar is decorated with a high relief depicting a winged scarab carrying the sun disk between two crowned snakes. Above this are two falcons on a naos, or shrine.

Two sides both depict a scene of the god Harpocrates carrying the Ankh sign of life, followed by the goddess Isis.

Dimensions:  Height 107 cm

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Culture:

Greco-Roman

Technique:

Carved

Style:

Antonine

Materials:

Marble
Type Type

Type:

Jar
Map Map

Location: 

The Greco-Roman Museum

Created: 

Ras El Soda
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Created: 

2nd Century AD
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Statue of Osiris with Atef Crown
Statue of Osiris with Atef Crown

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