Bust of Isis
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
Egyptian blue frit
2 3/4 x 1 3/4 x 1 3/8 in. (7 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Fragment of a turquoise blue faience figure of Isis suckling the child Horus. The figure is preserved from the waist up; the child is not preserved. The goddess holds her left breast with her right hand (her left arm is missing from the armpit down). She wears a tripartite wig with curls "en echelon". The wig is partially covered with a vulture headdress. The brows are straight and naturally modelled; the nose is straight and thin. The lips are lifted and indented at the corners to give the mouth the appearance of smiling. The eyes are long and thin with cosmetic lines. The goddess wears a broad collar (in relief). The flat-topped back pillar reaches up to the level of the shoulder blades.
Condition: Left arm and lower part of the figure missing; large chip out of top of head; glaze chipped off on uraeus, hand, upper right corner of back pillar; brown incrustation on lappets and sides of face.
Bust of Isis, 305-30 B.C.E. Egyptian blue frit, 2 3/4 x 1 3/4 x 1 3/8 in. (7 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.332E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.332E_PS9.jpg)
overall, 37.332E_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2014
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