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Final Farewell: The Culture of Death and the Afterlife

Journey to the Field of Reeds: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt

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Statuette of a Standing Woman (Isis?)Statuette of a Standing Woman (Isis?)

Along with her role as protective mother-goddess of ancient Egypt, Isis was also sister and wife of Osiris. This figure once wore a crown with horns and a sun disk, and would have held an ankh, the symbol of eternal life, in her right hand. As a symbol of the cycle of death and rebirth, Isis was worshipped alongside Osiris in the cult of the dead.

Statuette of a Standing Woman (Isis?)
Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 26,
664–525 B.C.E.
Wood
(58.15.12)
Gift of Mr. Leonard Epstein, New York

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