An Egyptian dark green stone Osiriphoros statue for Padiaset
Sold for £136,900 in London, 2 October 2014

Art Market Review

Issue 9, July - December 2014

Page 42

Osiriphoros figures grew in popularity in the Late Period (664-332 BC) and there are a number of related figures in museums worldwide. The most important feature of this statue, which was made for a high priest called Padiaset, is the connection to the cult of Set. According to myth, Set murdered his brother Osiris and fought Osiris's son Horus for sovereignty. In the light of this, it is unusual that an individual whose name bears that of Set should be holding an Osiris votive statue. Moreover the connection to Set on a Late Period private statue is particularly rare and significant. During the Third Intermediate and Late Periods, various foreign powers including the Assyrian and Persian empires invaded and occupied Egypt. The
worship of Set, who had traditionally been the god of foreigners, became associated with foreign invasion and tyranny and his veneration declined. However, in some provincial areas of Egypt Set was still regarded as the heroic chief deity and this statue must come from one of these regions.

Madeleine Perridge
Head of Antiquities

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