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Terracotta figure of a devotee of Isis.
A devotee of Isis standing on a curve-fronted plinth with several mouldings. She is clad, probably in an Isis-mantle (the knot is hidden by garlands crossing diagonally from her left shoulder to her waist); the mantle reaches to her ankles and her feet are bare; drapery also falls on her right side. A row of curls crosses her brow and Isis-locks fall in front below her shoulders. She wears a narrow wreath above her brow and a larger one above it, on the front of which is a disc and horns: a break at the top has removed the feathers of her headdress. Her right arm is bent at the elbow, the hand raised to hold what might be a sistrum but seems more likely to be a cobra (as held by Isis-Thermuthis). Her lowered left hand holds a situla with a knobbed base. The back is plain with a circular vent.
Hollow; two-piece mould. Micaceous red-brown Nile silt, the front covered with a white dressing, much worn: scientific analysis shows it to be gypsum (BM Department of Scientific Research Report 7048, 10 May 1999).
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Height: 22 centimetres
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- BM Terrracotta IV
Comparanda. Close, probably same mould-series: Dunand 1990: no. 397, from Antinoopolis, dated second to third century ad. Near: Bayer-Niemeier 1988: nos 216–18, dated first century ad; Dunand 1990: nos 398–400, dated Roman period; Ewigleben and von Grumbkow 1991: no. 38; Guimet 1903: pl. iii, from the fabricated Tomb of Leukyôné at Antinoopolis; Perdrizet 1921: no. 285, from the Fayum; Török 1995: no. 104, a Ptolemaic prototype; Warmenbol 1998: 270, pl. 2.1, dated Roman period; Willems and Clarysse 2000: 263, no. 189. Consider D’Auria et al. 1988: 212, no. 162, a third-century ad limestone high-relief sculpture from Oxyrhynchus, wearing Isis-costume and just such a sash-garland as does our terracotta.
Bibliog. Higgins 1967: pl. 63F; Walker and Higgs 2000: 49, no. i, 29; Walker and Higgs 2001: 106, no. 129, dated first century bc.
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- There is slight damage to her right arm.
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- Greek and Roman
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