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RS1304

A Roman Stone Bust of Aphrodite-Isis, Egypt, ca. 1st century BC/AD

Of speckled black/brown granite, portraying Aphrodite-Isis, a goddess combining attributes of the Egyptian goddesses Isis and Hathor and the Greek goddess Aphrodite. She wears elaborate accessories, including a broad collar necklace and large calathos (the crown of Egyptian Greco-Roman deities), her long corkscrew curls are arranged in the semblance of a traditional Egyptian hairstyle and her voluptuous, rounded breasts, invoke the fertility aspect of her persona.  

Aphrodite-Isis is a form of the great goddess Isis that emphasizes the fertility aspects associated with Aphrodite. She was concerned with marriage and childbirth and, following very ancient pharaonic prototypes, also with rebirth. Figures depicting this goddess are found in both domestic and funerary contexts. Popular already in the 3rd to 2nd centuries B.C., they continued to be made in Roman times. 

Condition: Cosmetic restoration to the inlaid eyes, several small losses to the body that do not detract, with nose worn smooth, a hole at the top of the head to accommodate further elements of the calathos, otherwise intact and in very good condition overall.  An old catalogue number in white pigment on the back.  Mounted on crystal base.

Dimensions:  Height:  2 7/8 inches (7.3 cm)

Provenance: Collection of Robert J. Molnar, Hillsdale, NJ, acquired 1960s.

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