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Mourning Nephthys

Ptolemaic Period
332–30 BC
From Egypt
Wood, gesso, paint
H. 24.5 cm (9 5/8 in.); W. 5.7 cm (2 1/4 in.); D. 10 cm (3 15/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
The goddess Nephthys, identifiable by her hieroglyph on her head, kneels and raises a hand before her face in a gesture of mourning. The figure forms a pair with the figure of Isis 12.182.23b.

Figures of the two mourning goddess accompany the body of Osiris in representations. In Late Period and Ptolemaic burials kneeling figures of the goddesses may be among the wooden figures in a burial. Presumably they were placed at either end of the sarcophagus of the deceased as they appear at either end of the body of Osiris.
Purchased in Egypt from Mohammed Mohassib, 1912.

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