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Inlay in the Form of Nephthys Kneeling

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

  • Reportedly From: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES 343-30 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 27, or later
    PERIOD Persian Period or Ptolemaic Period
    DIMENSIONS 1 1/16 x 11/16 x 1/8 in. (2.7 x 1.7 x 0.3 cm)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Glass inlay representing, in relief (rear surface flat), a goddess kneeling with her left hand on her thigh, and her right hand on her face in a gesture of mourning. The goddess who faces left wears a striated tripartite wig. On the top of her head is a break which is probably the remains of a throne or “neb”- basket which would have identified her as Isis or Nephthys. This emblem and the wig were and are a deep opaque blue; the rest of the figure is a medium blue-green opaque glass. Condition: Worn and incrustations in hollows.
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