Sandstone demiotic stela from Dendereh
(E2983). Greco-Roman Period (332-30 B.C.). Nepthys is on the left
of the center scene, kneeling in a mourning pose.
The goddess Nepthys
was the sister of Isis and the sister-wife
of the god Seth. She is often shown accompanying
Isis beside the mummy of Osiris
in the traditional mourning position. Nepthys helped Isis
gather up the pieces of Osiris after
he had been dismembered by Seth. She was
the protectress of the canopic jars used in mummification, and often
appeared on coffins together with Isis.
She normally wears the hieroglyphic signs that spell her name on