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Isis Holding a Cobra


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Description This attire of the Egyptian goddess Isis features the characteristic "Isis knot" between the breasts. The sheaves of grain flanking her crown are not an Egyptian attribute but associate Isis with Demeter, the Greek goddess of agriculture. Isis had an enormous following during the Hellenistic and Roman periods, not only in Alexandria (where she was worshiped jointly with Serapis) and Rome, but also in the most important provincial cities.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
2/12/1964Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation
8/18/1998Examinationsurvey
11/30/2000Treatmentother
Exhibitions
  • Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me. The Jewish Museum, New York. 1964.
  • From Alexander to Cleopatra: Greek Art of the Hellenistic Age. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
Provenance Giovanni Dattari, Cairo [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Giovanni Dattari Sale, Paris, 1912, no. 413, p. 48, pl. XLVII; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1912, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1912

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Period
late 1st century BC-AD 2nd century (Roman)
Medium
bronze
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.2016
Measurements
H: 13 9/16 x W: 3 1/8 x D: 4 1/8 in. (34.4 x 8 x 10.6 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (?) (Place of Origin)
  • Mediterranean (?) (Place of Origin)

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