Figure of Isis anasyr(o)mene

Greek, East Greek
Hellenistic Period
3rd–2nd century B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Naukratis

Dimensions

31.9 x 9.4 cm (12 9/16 x 3 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

88.918

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

In Hellenistic and Roman times, Aphrodite’s identity was often fused with those of Egyptian fertility goddesses: Isis, Hathor and Bubastis. This figurine represents Isis-Aphrodite anasyromene or Isis-Bubastis. The figure lifts her short-sleeved tunic to reveal her pubic area and wears an elaborate kalathos-shaped headdress, reminiscent of those worn by Cypriot Aphrodite. This figure and others of its type were found in a terracotta workshop on the eastern side of Naukratis.

Coarse red unglazed clay. Back rough and plain. High headdress. Long curls on each side. Body draped in dress flowing loose behind. Legs bare and extended close together. Traces of pinkish white. Blackened in places.

Provenance

From Naukratis. 1886-7: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; December 22, 1887, presented to the MFA by the EEF. (Accession date: 1888).

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription