Architectural statue of a lifesize male water-carrier in Egyptianizing style, identified because of the pose and the iconography. The man stands frontally with a slight movement only in the advanced left leg. He is either a priest, a male attendant or a participant in a religious ritual. He wears a voluminous but light cloak, draped in non classical fashion around the neck and enveloping both hands at pleated folds. The hands are clasped above his belly and form a support for a rotunda jar. The jar is a restoration.
The statue is carved in high relief but it's not free standing, there is a slab running at the back of the statue and it is flat (30 cm wide) with roughly tooled surface and central ridge (20 cm wide). The slab appears to have been cut down at a later stage. The purpose of the figure may have been to decorate a wall fitting into a shallow recess. Walls screened by a file of carved figures were common in Egypt and may have been the inspiration for this Roman imitation of an Egyptianised monument. Perhaps of Hadrian's time, possibly from his villa.
Blundell mentions the statue which he calls Isis in letters to his friend Charles Townley, the latter was not appreciative of the piece. Blundell intended to pair the statue with one of the caryatids from the Villa Negroni. He confuses the piece as an Etruscan in the Engravings.
Restored: head, neck, and corresponding part of flat background; vase. Small patches on drapery and plinth. The whole surface may have been smoothed over.