Object name: Cartonnage coffin fragment showing the goddess Isis
Accession no.: E.GA.2887.1943
Other numbers and markings: tbd
Dimensions: H 37.3 cm W 14.4 cm D 0.5 cm
The goddess Isis, identified by the hieroglyph on her head, is depicted here as a woman with wings extending from her arms. With these she protected the body of her husband, Osiris after he was murdered by Seth. Her sister Nephthys is also sometimes depicted in this way and they were often depicted on the head and foot of a coffin.
The figure of a winged Isis. Her hair and skin are green. Her dress is red. On her head there is a sun disc with the Isis sign in the middle. In front of her there is a caption, slightly faded but still readable: Isis, the great, god’s mother. Above Isis are the remains of some feathers visible, certainly from another winged figure placed over the chest of the cartonnage. Under Isis there are the remains of a next register and hieroglyphs.
Date: About 945–735 BC
Find spot: unknown
Acquisition: Given by R.G. Gayer-Anderson
Construction, decoration and materials:
Basic info: JD will do
Cartonnage coffin fragment showing the goddess Isis front view
Cartonnage coffin fragment showing the goddess Isis back view with markings