Statuette of Isis

59.148.55

About this object

Statuette of a priestess of Isis carrying a sistrum, dressed in a sleeved chiton and fringed tunic knotted between the breasts. She has the typical garb of Isis and her attendants. The statue is small in size but the idealised expression of her face suggests she is the goddess rather than the priestess. She has a regular oval face, broad cheeks, large eyes and a small mouth and does not seem to have any particular facial characteristics that would suggest a portrait of a priestess. She wears a thin diadem that encircles her head and controls the soft waver of the hair off the face and has thick corkscrew curls that fall on the back of the neck. The curls hang parallel to each other and are very different to the hairstyles of statues found in Egypt from the Hellenistic period. Bartman believes this to be a Roman statuette than a Hellenistic and points out that the thickness of the garment is another indication of its dating at Roman times. There are restorations on both arms from the elbow, the nose, front and top of the Isis knot, some bits of the hair and the drapery. Some recutting can be observed on the folds of the left side of the skirt as they are flatter than the right and the bottom edge of the tunic's hem and the feet.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Art
  • Culture
    Roman Imperial
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    2nd Century AD
  • Materials
    Marble
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Col. Joseph W Weld, 1959
  • Collector
    Henry Blundell
  • Place collected
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date collected
    1789
  • Measurements
    600 mm x 360 mm
  • Note
    Michaelis viewed the head as a restoration. Bartman: the head does not appear to have been broken from the figure. Michaelis may have meant that the head was recut but the head appears to be the right one in proportion to the body. Blundell may be referring to the statuette in a letter to Townley from 1800.
  • Related people
    Henry Blundell (Collector, previous owner); Ciriaco Mattei (Previous owner); Giuseppe Mattei (Previous owner); Joseph William Col Sir Weld (Previous owner)

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Publications

  • A Catalogue of the Ancient Marbles at Ince Blundell Hall

    Ashmole, Bernard

    Author: Ashmole, Bernard
    Publisher: Clarendon Press
    Date: 1929
    Description: An illustrated catalogue of the ancient sculptures collected by Henry Blundell and formerly at Ince Blundell Hall.

  • An Account of the Statues, Busts, Bass Relieves, Cinerary Urns, and other ancient marbles, and paintings at Ince. Collected by H.B.

    Blundell, Henry

    Author: Blundell, Henry
    Publisher:
    Date: 1803
    Description:

  • Ancient Marbles in Great Britain

    Michaelis, A

    Author: Michaelis, A
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Date: 1882
    Description:

  • Egypt beyond representation: Materials and materiality of Aegyptiaca Romana

    Müskens, Sander

    Author: Müskens, Sander
    Publisher: Leiden University Press
    Date: 2017
    Description:

  • Histoire du culte des divinités d’Alexandrie: Sérapis, Isis, Harpocrate et Anubis, hors de l’Égypte depuis les origins jusqu’à la naissance de l’école néo-platonicienne

    Lafaye, Georges

    Author: Lafaye, Georges
    Publisher: E Thorin
    Date: 1884
    Description:

  • Inventaire préliminaire des documents égyptiens découverts en Italie

    Malaise, Michel

    Author: Malaise, Michel
    Publisher: Brill
    Date: 1972
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  • The Ince Blundell collection of classical sculpture Volume III-The ideal sculpture

    Bartman, Elizabeth

    Author: Bartman, Elizabeth
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press
    Date: 2017
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Ownership

Previous owners

  • Joseph William Col Sir Weld

    Owned from: 1958
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1959
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Henry Blundell

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1810
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Ciriaco Mattei

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1614
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Giuseppe Mattei

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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