The Egyptian Statuette bronze statuette on the left may be the oldest object in the Museum! It depicts Osiris, god of the Egyptian underworld, and was cast during Dynasty 26, “The Late Period” between 760 and 330BC. (The photo on the right, for comparison, is of a similar bronze, but one in much better condition than the Woodman’s piece.) Osiris’s folded arms hold a flail (a farming tool, symbol of being the food provider for his people) and he wears an Atef crown/headdress and sports a traditional false beard. Curators have no idea how this ancient artifact ended up in Dover, and there’s another Egyptian piece at the Museum that may be even older! Come see!
Location: H1, Hale alcove