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Isis-Aphrodite clasping a garment rolled about her hips

Roman Period
A.D. 1st–2nd century
From Egypt
Height: 10 1/4 in. (26 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1946
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 137
It has been suggested that this statuette represents the Empress Faustina Minor, wife of Marcus Aurelius (AD 161-180) in the role of Isis/Aphrodite, thus attributing to Faustina a role as guarantor of the grain shipments from Egypt to Rome at a time of revolt in part of the Empire.
Purchased by the Museum from Fahim Kouchakji, New York, 1946.

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