Figure of Goddess Isis
Some elements of Egyptian art were susceptible to frequent change, but others were bound by tradition. The style of garments shown on statues, for example, changed with fashion trends, but a sculptural form, once perfected, tended to be reproduced for thousands of years. This statue depicts the elaborate garments favored by the aristocracy in the first century A.D. The pleated kilt of the Old Kingdom statue nearby—typical of a Fifth Dynasty official—is far simpler in design and detail. Although the clothing styles differ, the basic poses are identical.
- Medium: Basalt
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: 1st century C.E.
- Period: Roman Imperial Period
- Dimensions: 37 1/2 x 13 1/2 in. (95.3 x 34.3 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 74.220
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Figure of Goddess Isis, 1st century C.E. Basalt, 37 1/2 x 13 1/2 in. (95.3 x 34.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 74.220. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: One striding statue of a queen, she wears a close fitting draped garment, covering the shoulders, and knotted between the breasts. Her right arm falls naturally along her body and the hand is closed with emblematic stave. In her left arm she holds a cornucopia. Her wig consists of several ringlets falling over her shoulders. The uninscribed back pillar reaches the bottom of the wig. Black basalt. Condition: Entire surface pitted. Some areas especially the back pillar may not have been polished. The left shoulder, top of cornucopia, bottom of cornucopia, and the tip of the thumb and the first finger of the left hand are gone. The ringlet at the right from shoulder is mostly gone as the right thumb and part of the emblematic stave. The head is gone above the chin and the feet are gone above the ankle.
- Record Completeness: Best (81%)