Ptah-Sokar-Osiris (around 332 - 30 BC)
The display reads:
Egyptian, Ptolemaic Period
Ptah-Sokar-Osiris, around 332-30 BC
Wood, gesso (plaster mixed with glue), painted
After 1000 BC, nonroyal burials often included a Ptah-Sokar-Osiris figure, which incorporated Ptah, creator god of Memphis; Sokar, mortuary god of the Sakkara necropolis; and Osiris, god of the underworld and resurrection. United, therefore, in this single composite figure are the forces of creation, death, and rebirth. Inside the statuette is a mummy-shaped linen figure filled with grain. The grain was believed to sprout with new life in eternity, recalling the same resurrection hoped for the deceased.
Taken November 16th, 2010.