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.
1st century C.E. (probably)
14 3/4 x 3 x 4 1/2 in. (37.5 x 7.6 x 11.4 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Archaeological provenance not yet documented; by 1905, acquired by Rollin and Feuardent, Paris, France; April 25, 1905, purchased from Rollin and Feuardent by the Brooklyn Museum.
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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)
05.395_threequarter_left_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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