Head of an Isis statue



Accession Number
W217
Current Location
House of Death (ground floor), Gods case
Object Type
Sculpture, Statue
Periods
Late Period to Graeco-Roman Period
Material
Stone/minerals (Steatite)
Provenance
Egypt
Measurements
Height: 61mm | Width: 35mm | Depth: 40mm
Number of Elements
1
Divine Name
Hathor | Isis

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Description

A black steatite head of a woman wearing a modius, decorated with a encircling frieze of uraei, and a sun disc between the horns of a cow on top. The item has a back pillar, while a hole has been drilled up through the centre of the item for mounting on a base. Iconographically, this is likely the head of Isis or Hathor. It was purchased by Wellcome in 1925.

Bibliography

Anonymous. 1996. The face of Egypt: Swansea Festival exhibition: 5 October 1996–5 January 1997. Swansea: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. [Cat. 55]

Wellcome Number
A39628
Other Identity
1595 | 219.12 (number next to W217 on card in Kate's handwriting)
Auction
J. C. Stevens. Auction and Sale Rooms: 22 Sep 1925, Lot 184
Auction Details
A very fine black stone Babylonian plaque, 2 ditto fragments, and 2 Egyptian figures.
Previous Owner
Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Acquisition
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Exhibition
1996–1997, 05 Oct–05 Jan. Swansea, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and Museum, 'The Face of Egypt'
Last modified: 19 Feb 2022

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