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    Sale 1915

    Antiquities

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 177

    A ROMAN BRONZE ISIS-FORTUNA

    CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    A ROMAN BRONZE ISIS-FORTUNA
    CIRCA 2nd CENTURY A.D.
    The goddess standing with her weight on her right leg, her left bent at the knee, wearing a himation over a short-sleeved chiton, her right arm lowered and holding the top of a ship's rudder, holding a two-horned overflowing cornucopia in her bent left arm, her head turned to her right, wearing a crescentic diadem in her center-parted hair, bound in a chignon and surmounted by a solar disk and cow horns with lateral and upright plumes, on a socle plinth
    5¾ in. (14.6 cm.) high


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    For the type see nos. 311a-t in Tam Tinh, "Isis" in LIMC. This type represents the syncretistic goddess presenting more of her Romanized attributes of Fortuna. Her costume and hair do not display the corkscrew curls and "Isis" knot present on several depictions of the goddess. However, her identification as Isis-Fortuna is apparent due to the presence of her Egyptianizing crown.

    Provenance

    English Private Collection, 1980s.