Nephthys, whose name means “Mistress of the House”, played an important role in ancient Egyptian funerary beliefs. Her and her sister Isis’ grief at the death of their brother Osiris made them the archetypal mourners for the dead. She is here depicted in the standard mourning position, kneeling; had her arm not been missing, it would have been turned upward, with the palm of her hand facing her forehead. When she and Isis discovered the body of their murdered brother, they stood on either side of him, and resurrected him. For these reasons, Isis and Nephthys are depicted at either end of a coffin or sarcophagus, often in the mourning position. This figure of Nephthys most likely comes from precisely this context.