Head of Isis

Greek
Hellenistic Period
280–240 B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Egypt (probably)

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 090; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 109 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 29 cm (11 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

89.152

Medium or Technique

Marble probably from the island of Prokonnesos near Istanbul

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Head of Isis with the hair combed back from a central part then falling vertically in a group of tubular curls that covers the ears. Red paint on eyes.

Scientific Analysis:
Harvard Lab No. HI234: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.45 / delta18O -0.54, Attribution - Paros 2, Prokonnesos, Denizli 1, Iasos, Justification - Medium to coarse grained marble.

Provenance

By 1864: collection of Ferdinand Lassalle (who had acquired the head in Rome); 1864: bequeathed by Ferdinand Lassalle to Dr. Hans von Bülow; gift of Dr. Hans von Bülow to MFA, 1889

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. Hans von Bülow