Description Many religions were syncretistic, meaning that as they grew and came into contact with other religions, they adopted new beliefs and modified their practices to reflect their changing environment. Both Greek and Roman religious beliefs were deeply influenced by the so-called mystery religions of the East, including the Egyptian cult of Isis, which revealed beliefs and practices to the initiated that remained unexplained, or mysterious, to the uninitiated. Most popular Roman cults had associations with these mystery religions and included the prospect of an afterlife. Images of the goddess Tyche, the personification of a city, were commonly combined with elements of Fortuna, the goddess of abundance, holding the horn of plenty. In this example, the elaborate crown of Isis, the Egyptian mother-goddess who also represented fertility and abundance, was added. Such figurines were made for household lararia, or shrines.
Examined in preparation for case retro-fit and re-installation.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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