Bronze statuette of Isis nursing Horus (E12548). Late Period (664-332
the most popular goddesses in ancient Egypt, Isis was the sister-wife
of Osiris and the mother of Horus.
Her role as divine mother and wife associated her closely with royal
women. She is usually depicted as a woman bearing the hieroglyphic
sign for "throne" on her head. Together with her sister Nepthys,
she collected the pieces of her murdered husband, Osiris,
and mummified them, then revived him and bore a child, Horus,
with him. Osiris had been killed by his
evil brother Seth in a fight over the rule
of Egypt. Isis and Nepthys often appear
together in funerary scenes acting out the roles of mourners and
protectors of the deceased. Isis sometimes wears the horned sundisk
crown also seen on the goddess Hathor.