Wood, painted, 16 in. (40.6 cm) Base: 2 3/16 x 7 x 11 1/2 in. (5.6 x 17.8 x 29.2 cm)
Late Period-Ptolemic Period, Ca 664-30 B.C.
Provenance not known, Brooklyn Museum 11.681,
Gift of Colonel Robert B. Woodward
Photo © Joan Lansberry, May 2008-2016
Jessica Lévai in her dissertation, _Aspects of the Goddess Nephthys_ says of her name:|
"The original meaning was probably tied to royalty and the king. For that reason, it is likely that Nephthys's name and origin are royal, and her name may mean something like 'Mistress of the Palace.'" (page 45)
"Plutarch called Nephthys Nike. Possibly this had to do with her identifications with the Egyptian goddess Neith or the Asiatic goddess Anat, both of whom shared certain characteristics with Nephthys. It may also have been a question of a direct identification: Nephthys identified with Nike on account of her warlike aspects, or her wings. But as Nike was less a goddess than a figure who embodied the concept of victory, her importance was derived from her associations with other gods. Thus it may be Nephthys's ties to powerful gods, such as Seth, that fueled this identification." (pages 68-69)