Description In an ancient myth, Osiris was murdered by his evil brother Seth and mourned by his wife Isis and her sister Nephthys. Isis restored Osiris's body, and he became a symbol of resurrection. Nephthys participated in the resurrection of Osiris and became associated generally with the protection of the dead. She is shown here kneeling, her arm raised in a gesture of mourning. The emblem on her head (now partially missing) consisted of the hieroglyphs for her name, meaning "Lady of the Mansion."
Provenance Giovanni Dattri, Cairo, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Lambros-Dattari Sale, Hotel Drouot, Paris, 1912, June 17-19, 1912, p. 61, no. 562; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1912, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1912
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