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Osiris-Antinous: C.2388A-1928

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Current Location: Mezzanine Landing








Tin-glazed earthenware; a pair with C.2388B-1928

Buff earthenware, press-moulded with separate base, tin-glazed overall. Osiris-Antinous stands erect on a rectangular plinth with a support at the back. His knees are together, his feet facing the front are slight apart; his hands are clenched round small batons. He wears an Egyptian striped nemes headdress and a pleated kilt. There is a square cavity in the back of the figure above the waist.


History note: Uncertain before Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, ambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 117.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


18th Century, Late-19th Century, Early#
Circa 1790 CE - Circa 1820 CE


French or Italian. One of a pair representing Antinous in the form of Osiris. In 130 BC Hadrian’s young lover, Antinous, drowned in the Nile. In death he became Osiris-Antinous and was worshipped as the Dead Antinous. His cult statues showed a youth in the guise of an Egyptian king, wearing a nemes headcloth, sometimes with the royal or divine uraeus, and wearing an Egyptian kilt. This pottery figure and its pair were derived from two Roman originals in the Vatican Museum

School or Style

Egyptian Revival

People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Buff earthenware, moulded and tin-glazed

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2388A-1928
Primary reference Number: 73425
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 14 March 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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