Wonderful marble head of Isis - Ex Sotheby's Parke Bennett

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Object:       Head of a young woman
Most probably the goddess Isis

Material: White marble with nice patina

Date: About 2nd century B.C. - 2nd century A.D.
Hellenistic Greece or Egypt under Roman rule

Description:    The pleasant visage of the young female presents a tranquil countenance. Her head is slightly tilted to the left, the details of the almond shaped eyes, the aquiline nose, the gentle chin and full cheeks are worked in a very fine way. Her lips are closed and curved to a gentle smile. One part of the long wavy locks gently fall to both sides of her face, while the other part is bound at the nape of her neck to a chignon. A diadem crowns her coiffure. The hole atop her head probably once held her crown, comprised of the horns of a cow with the solar disc between them.

Size: Height 21.5 cm, width 14 cm. Height with base 28.5 cm.

Condition: Very nicely preserved surface, very detailed work. Nose partially broken and missing, one section of chignon reattached with losses to break lines. Hole atop head which once held crown or headdress. Abrasions / small chips on lips, chin, diadem, edges of coiffure, and other high-pointed areas. Nice patina, traces of original painting in coiffure. Old sticker "225" under chignon. Mounted on modern black wooden base.

Reference: See e.g. the bust of Isis displayed at Thessaloniki (Greece) National Museum.

Provenance: Acquired 2020 at a US-American auction house. Ex Massachusetts private collection. Acquired from Theodore and Beatrice (Bedsaude) Bachman, New Bedford, MA, who acquired the head at Albert Eid Gallery, Cairo. Ex Sotheby Parke-Bernet, January 20, 1967 auction, lot 89 (copies of catalogue at hand, will be delivered together with the head).

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