Fragment of cartonnage (or papier mâché) coffin belonging to Nesihor
664-525 B.C.

Images of Isis and Nephthys—sisters of Osiris who put his body back together after he was killed—almost always appear with Osiris. The goddesses occur on both sides of this coffin fragment, and the deceased asks for their protection in the accompanying text.


  • Title: Piece of painted cartonnage
  • Location: Saqqara, Lower Egypt, Egypt, Africa
  • Type: Mummy Wrapping
  • Rights: This image was obtained from the Smithsonian Institution. The image or its contents may be protected by international copyright laws. http://www.si.edu/termsofuse
  • External Link: View this object record in the Smithsonian Institution Collections Search Center
  • USNM Catalog Number(s): A1415-0
  • Photo Credit: Kim Nielsen, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History & Smithsonian Institution Archives
  • Historic Period: Egyptian, Late Period : Dynasty XVI
  • Field: Archaeology
  • Accession Date: 1905-02-03

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