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Isis

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

The goddess Isis wears a crown consisting of ostrich feathers, a sun disk with a cobra, cow horns, and cow ears above a vulture that rests flat on her head. Multiple animal symbols like these helped an Egyptian viewer identify the goddess.

In her role as “she who is great of magic,” Isis holds a cobra at arm’s length, a dangerous reptile tamed for her purpose of performing supernatural acts.
MEDIUM Bronze
DATES 1st century C.E. (probably)
PERIOD Roman Period
DIMENSIONS 14 3/4 x 3 x 4 1/2 in. (37.5 x 7.6 x 11.4 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 05.395
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Isis, 1st century C.E. (probably). Bronze, 14 3/4 x 3 x 4 1/2 in. (37.5 x 7.6 x 11.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 05.395. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 05.395_threequarter_left_PS2.jpg)
IMAGE threequarter front left, 05.395_threequarter_left_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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