Egypt, Romano-Egyptian Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A beautiful mold-formed terracotta head of Isis with traces of thick white and black pigment. Her elegant visage is composed of almond-shaped eyes, a broad nose, full lips above a rounded chin, slender cheeks, a smooth brow, and a pair of intricate earrings. Her black-and-white painted coiffure is incised with a wavy presentation, and her head is topped with a large headdress featuring a central incised diamond on top and narrow rectangular panels on the front. Isis, an ancient Egyptian goddess, struck a chord with the polytheistic worshippers of the Roman Empire, and her worship spread throughout it during the early centuries of the Imperial Period. Size: 2.3" W x 2.75" H (5.8 cm x 7 cm); 4.3" H (10.9 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection
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This is a fragment of a larger sculpture. Minor abrasions and nicks to face, headdress, and earrings, with chipping and fading to original pigmentation, softening to some finer details, and light encrustations, otherwise intact and very good. Light earthen deposits and nice traces of original pigment throughout.