Base of Mummy Case with Painting
After Osiris's murder by Seth, Isis and her sister Nephthys mourned the death of the benevolent god-king. 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.
- Medium: Wood, painted
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: ca. 664-332 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XXVI Dynasty-XXXI Dynasty
- Period: Late Period
- Dimensions: 14 3/16 x 12 5/8 in. (36 x 32 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 37.1992E
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Base of Mummy Case with Painting, ca. 664-332 B.C.E. Wood, painted, 14 3/16 x 12 5/8 in. (36 x 32 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1992E. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Best (82%)