Coffin Fragment Showing Mourning Isis
Late Period, Dynasties XXVI-XXXI, ca. 664-332 B.C.E
Provenance not known
Brooklyn #37.1992e, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Photo © Joan Lansberry, May 2008-2016
From the info card:|
After Osiris's death, Isis and her sister Nephthys mourned him. "Their grieving may be seen as preparation for the god's magical 'rebirth.' In allusion, the Egyptians hired professional mourners to participate at funerals. It was believed that just as the goddesses helped bring about Osiris's resurrection, so too would the presence of mourners at a funeral help ensure the deceased's rebirth."