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Bust of Isis

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
MEDIUM Egyptian blue frit
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES 305-30 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Ptolemaic Period
    DIMENSIONS 2 3/4 x 1 3/4 x 1 3/8 in. (7 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION 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
    IMAGE overall, 37.332E_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2014
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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 t o 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.
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