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: Headless statue of a striding female figure. She wears a close fitting draped gament, covering the shoulders and knotted between her breasts. Her right arm falls naturally along her body and the hand is closed holding emblematic staves. In her left arm she holds a cornucopia. An uninscribed back pillar reaches the bottom of her wig, the ends of which are ringlets that fall over her shoulders. Enire surface pitted. Some areas, especially the back pillar, may not have been polished. The left shoulder, top and bottom of cornucopia, thumb tip and first finer of the left hand are gone. On the right, the ringlet on the shoulder, right thumb and part of the emblematic stave are gone. As well as the head above the chin, the feet below the ankle are gone.
- Record Completeness: Best (81%)