Statuette of Isis as a mourner

Late Period, Dynasty 26
664–525 B.C.


Height x width x length: 32.9 x 6.8 x 14.9 cm (12 15/16 x 2 11/16 x 5 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, gilt and plychrome decoration

On View

Egyptian Funerary Arts Gallery (Mummies) (Gallery 109)


The Ancient World



Figure of the goddess Isis is the position of a mourner, kneeling with her proper right hand raised to her face and her proper left hand resting flat on her lap. She wears a straight sheath dress and tripartite wig, with the hieroglyphic symbol for her name (a throne) on her head. Traces of paint are preserved, indicating that her wig was painted blue, her eyes and eyebrows black, and her dress read. Her skin was originally gilded.
Compare fragmentary Nepthys in this pose 29.2627.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.
(Accession Date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way