God Oxyrynchus

A bronze figure of the god Oxyrynchus with the morphological characteristics of the animal which gives the god its name. It is shown with a headdress of cow horns and a solar disk with the uraeus. The animal god is held in place on a skate-shaped bronze base.

One of the best-known Egyptian myths is that of Osiris. In this it is told that Seth killed the god Osiris, cut him into fourteen pieces and scattered them around different places in Egypt. Isis gathered up all the pieces of Osiris with the exception of the penis, which Seth had thrown into the Nile. This was swallowed up by the Oxyrynchus fish with the sole aim of protecting the organ of the god. In the late period of Egyptian civilization this animal was deified because of the myth. Numerous examples were mummified to be placed in tombs and necropolis. Bronze figures of the fish were cast along with small sarcophagi in the shape of the animal to hold them.

The technique of lost wax casting is a sculptural procedure using a mould made from a prototype of the piece to be worked, and this prototype is usually made from beeswax. This is covered with a thick layer of soft material, usually clay, which then solidifies. Once this has hardened it is put in a kiln where the wax inside melts and leaks out from expressly made holes in the clay. In its place molten metal is injected and this takes on the exact form of the mould. To remove the final piece the mould must be removed.

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