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Osiris, Isis, and Horus: Pendant Bearing the Name of King Osorkon II

Osiris, Isis, and Horus: Pendant Bearing the Name of King Osorkon II

This gold and lapis lazuli statue in the Louvre depicts the gods (from left to right) Horus, Osiris, and Isis. In mythology Isis was both Osiris’s sister and wife and Horus was their son. The deities are recognizable by their attributes: the feathered crown and shroud for Osiris; the falcon head and double crown for Horus; and the horned disk for Isis. Osiris is crouching on a pillar of a deep blue lapis lazuli that places him at the same level as his family. An inscription under the base reads: "The king of Upper and Lower Egypt, the master of the Two Lands, Usermaatre, the chosen of Amun, the son of Ra, the lord of the crowns, Osorkon beloved of Amun"; and opposite, from left to right: "I grant you the years of Atum, like Ra, I grant you encompassing bravery and total victory, I give you countless jubilees; thus speaks Osiris Wennefer." (inscription from the Louvre web site: http://www.louvre.frnew window)

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