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Terracotta statuette of Isis or a follower of her cult

Period:
Imperial
Date:
ca. 2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Terracotta; mold-made
Dimensions:
H.: 7 5/8 in. (19.3 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Lucy W. Drexel, 1889
Accession Number:
89.2.2014
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169
The cult of of the Egyptian goddess Isis spread across the eastern Mediterranean under the influence of the Ptolemies and was introduced into Rome during the Late Republic. It flourished under the Roman Empire, and traces of the cult can be found in almost every province. This figure may represent a priestess rather than Isis herself. She wears an elaborate Egyptian crown and floral garlands over her left shoulder and carries a situla (ritual bucket) in her left hand.
Until 1888, collection of Joseph William Drexel, New York; acquired in 1889, gift of Mrs. Lucy Wharton Drexel.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1895. The Terracottas and Pottery of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in Halls 4 and 15. no. 771, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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