Fragments of painted shroud

Ptolemaic or Roman Period

Not on view

As wife and sister of Osiris, Isis and Nephthys were twinned in funerary beliefs. These heads of the two goddesses, 66.99.140 and 66.99.141, come from a single linen shroud, which probably showed them raising their arms in a gesture of care and reverence on either side of the frontal, mummified image of Osiris. When wrapped about the mummy, the images on the shroud would have identified the deceased with Osiris and placed him or her under the protection of the goddesses.

Although they are no longer distinguished from one another by any sufficiently preserved attribute, the two goddesses would have originally worn their different symbols atop t,he modius on the head. One goddess is a deep green below the head, a color associated with rebirth/afterlife divinities but also more widely used by this time.

Fragments of painted shroud, Linen, gesso, paint

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