Isis

Roman
Imperial Period
1st–2nd century A.D.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 114; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 120 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height: 13 cm (5 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

04.1713

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

She is clad in a fringed mantle, fastened with an “Isiac” knot; on the head there is the solar disc with uraeus, between horns and feathers. Only the handle of a sistrum held in the right hand remains. The left hand held a vessel. The headdress (uraeus) has been bent forward. Green and brown patina.

Label text:
The great goddess of Egypt who revived her dead husband Serapis. The Greeks identified her with Io, who, after an illicit love affair with Zeus, was changed into a cow and driven to Egypt.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; 1904: gift of Edward Perry Warren to MFA

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren