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Statuette of Isis carrying a sistrum, dressed in a sleeved chiton and fringed tunic knotted between the breasts. She has the typical garb of Isis and her attendants. The statue is small in size but the idealised expression of her face suggests she is the goddess rather than the priestess. She has a regular oval face, broad cheeks, large eyes and a small mouth and does not seem to have any particular facial characteristics that would suggest a portrait of a priestess. She wears a thin diadem that encircles her head and controls the soft waver of the hair off the face and has thick corkscrew curls that fall on the back of the neck. The curls hang parallel to each other and are very different to the hairstyles of statues found in Egypt from the Hellenistic period. Bartman considered it to be a Roman statuette than a Hellenistic and pointing out that the thickness of the garment iwas another indication of its dating at Roman times. There are restorations on both arms from the elbow, the nose, front and top of the Isis knot, some bits of the hair and the drapery. Some recutting can be observed on the folds of the left side of the skirt as they are flatter than the right and the bottom edge of the tunic's hem and the feet.

Details

  • Title: Statuette of Isis
  • Location Created: Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 1218 mm x 400 mm x 350 mm
  • Rights: Gift of Col. Joseph W Weld, 1959
  • Medium: Marble

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