Superb Egyptian bronze head of Osiris, complete with its ceremonial false beard, 26th Dynasty, c. 664 - 525 BC. Fragment from a statue which originally stood approximately 2 1/2 - 3 feet tall. This Osiris is depicted wearing the white crown with a well-defined uraeus (cobra) featured at the bottom center, its tail rising toward the top of the crown. The eyes are heavily outlined and the eyebrows are well defined, while the lips, cheeks and ears are all well modeled. H: 7 1/2 in (19.04cm). The surface is mostly covered by shades of green patina ranging from light olive to almost black with the original bronze coming through in some small areas. Additionally, a small area of dark reddish patina is visible in the area of Osiris' face. Professionally mounted on a custom made acryllic stand.
Provenance: Ex-New York collection form in th 60's; Ex- Alejandro Kwropatwoa [1956-2003], Buenos Aires, Argentina; Gift to Dr. H. Ruf, Florida, USA, 2000.
Alejandro Kuropatwa (October 22, 1956 - February 5, 2003) was an Argentine photographer. Born in Buenos Aires to a family of Jewish immigrants, in his youth he studied photography at the Fashion Institute of Technology (New York) between 1979 and 1982. He then went back to Buenos Aires where he developed his career as a professional photographer. During the eighties and nineties, he became famous for his pictures of main Argentine rock stars such as Charly Garcia, Gustavo Cerati and Fito Páez. Due to his festive lifestyle and extravagant personality, he was known as the "Argentine Andy Warhol". Openly gay, Kuropatwa discovered that he had AIDS in 1984. After coming close to death many times, a new generation of anti AIDS drugs stabilized his health and he survived for almost 20 years. In 2002, Kuropatwa won the Konex Award as the most influential Argentine photographer of the nineties. That same year, Kuropatwa exhibited his lifetime of work at the Buenos Aires National Museum of Fine Arts. Kuropatwa died in 2003, at the age of 47.
- Égypte ancienne
- Chef d'Osiris
- 19.05×6.5×7 cm
- Siècle/ Période
- 26th Dynasty, c. 664 - 525 BC
- Choix, fragment d'une statue qui mesurait à l'origine environ 2 1/2 à 3 pieds de haut.