Description: A large cast bronze standing figure of Osiris, the Egyptian God of the Underworld, wearing a double plumed feathered crown with a ureaus in the centre of the forehead. The figure wears the royal beard and a long tightly fitting garment, and holds a crook and flail. Overall patchy green surface patina and some scattered encrustation, but a pleasing figure.
Size: 174 mm/6.8 ins. in height (187 mm/7.4 ins. including tang)
Date: Late Period, c. 700-30 B.C.
Provenance: Ex estate of Nourollah Elghanayan, New York City, and acquired in the 1960s-70s.
Background: Nourollah Elghanayan (1915-2009) was an Iranian businessman who relocated to America from Iran with his family in the 1940s. From the 1950s onwards he and his three sons built up a very substantial real estate empire in New York and Washington D.C., recently estimated as worth 2 billion dollars.