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- Date of production 2nd century BC (Roman era)
- Place of creation Saqqara
- Dimensions length: 66.3 cm (with tassels 68.7 cm), width: 60.7 cm
- ID no. MAK/AS/ 2336
- Object copyright Archaeological Museum in Kraków
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Małopolska's Virtual Museums project
The shroud was purchased from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo by soldiers of the Polish Independent Carpathian Rifle Brigade during WW II and granted to the Archaeological Museum. The right side of the shroud represents the deceased person as Osiris. The head in a wig is decorated with a crown of ostrich feathers with a solar disk placed on the horns with uraei on the sides.more
The shroud was purchased from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo by soldiers of the Polish Independent Carpathian Rifle Brigade during WW II and granted to the Archaeological Museum. The right side of the shroud represents the deceased person as Osiris. The head in a wig is decorated with a crown of ostrich feathers with a solar disk placed on the horns with uraei on the sides. The face is depicted as the djed pillar (the symbol of rebirth). The deceased is wrapped in a shroud decorated with a net of stars with a decorative strip of rosettes at the bottom. Under the sceptre and the lash which he is holding in his hands is a falcon, the head of which has the shape of Horus’s eye — wadjet. On his right side there are three figures. The first one is Isis, stretching her arms towards him in a gesture of adoration, dressed in a draped robe exposing her breasts. On her head is a wig and a uraeus (the symbol of a divine and royal power in the shape of a holy snake) and the hieroglyph of her name in the shape of a throne with a solar disk. Above, sitting on a lotus is Harpocrates – the child form of Horus with a curl of youth behind his ear. On his breast is a necklace and a diagonally tied shawl. The third figure assumedly represents the deceased man carrying a thurible. He is dressed in a short skirt with a smock in the front; on his head is a blue crown with a solar disk. Presuming the symmetry of the decoration of the shroud, it can be stated that on the opposite side of Osiris was a figure of Nephthys, his second sister and the mourner lamenting the death of her brother.
Elaborated by Krzysztof Babraj (Archaeological Museum in Kraków), © all rights reserved