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Item Details
Public
Available to everyone
Culture
Egyptian
Title
Mask from a Corn Osiris
Date
722-332 BC
Location
Creation Site: Egypt
Material
Wax, Egyptian blue pigment, gold leaf, carbon black
Period
Late Period
Measurements
9 1/16 x 4 5/16 x 6 5/16 in. (23 x 11 x 16 cm)
Description
The practice of planting beds in the shape of the god Osiris began in the New Kingdom. On special feast days, figurines of the god Osiris, would be filled with mud and grain that would sprout in the tomb, emphasizing the role of Osiris in bringing forth life from the earth. These evolved into a modeled figure known as a "corn Osiris." Such figures were sometimes fitted with wax masks with the face of Osiris. The wax itself was thought to have magical properties of transformation, and the gold symbolized the god's flesh. The hair on this example is colored with Egyptian blue to imitate lapis lazuli, the hair of the gods. These figures were placed in falcon-headed coffins and buried as votive offerings on feast days in cemeteries and sacred sites.
Repository
Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University
Accession Number
1998.013.009 A/C
Source
Ex Brummer Collection, donated by the Brummer-Laszlo Family
Photographer: Peter Harholdt
Published References
Peter Lacovara, "The New Galleries of Egyptian and Near Eastern Art at the Michael C. Carlos Museum," Minerva 12 (2001), 9-16.
Peter Lacovara and Betsy Teasley Trope, The Realm of Osiris (Atlanta: Michael C. Carlos Museum, 2001), 17.
Exhibition History
MCCM Permanent Collection Gallery, 2001 - May 8, 2013
On View
Yes
Rights
© Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University. Photo by Peter Harholdt.
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11007873.fpx
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