Head of Isis

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).


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble probably from the island of Prokonnesos near Istanbul

Not On View


The Ancient World



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.


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