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A ROMAN BRONZE ISIS-APHRODITE
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A ROMAN BRONZE ISIS-APHRODITE

CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.-1ST CENTURY A.D.

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A ROMAN BRONZE ISIS-APHRODITE
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.-1ST CENTURY A.D.
Depicted in a pose traditionally associated with Aphrodite, with her left hand lowered over her pudendum, her right hand at her breast, the goddess standing with her weight on her left leg, the right relaxed and bent at the knee, wearing a diaphanous chiton that has fallen off her left shoulder, buttoned along the sleeves, her sandaled feet emerging from below the hem, a mantle wrapped around her waist and legs, with a horizontal roll of fabric gathered along her waist, a separately-cast splaying vertical fold along her left leg, the goddess with her head turned sharply to her left, her center-parted hair surmounted by an elaborate crown of Isis consisting of a spread-winged vulture cap topped with a modius of uraei supporting cow horns and a uraeus-fronted solar disk with lateral and upright plumes
14½ in. (36.8 cm.) high
Provenance
with Galerie Orient-Occident, Paris.
with Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 1989 (Gods and Mortals, no. 151).
Literature
C.C. Vermeule and J.M. Eisenberg, Catalogue of the Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Bronzes in the Collection of John Kluge, New York and Boston, 1992, no. 88-79.
C.C. Vermeule, "Roman Provincial Coins II: The Statues in the Temples and Shrines - Personified Geography, Powerful Gods and Young Heroes," The Celator, vol. 16, no. 10, October 2002, fig. 5A.
Exhibited
From Olympus to the Underworld, Ancient Bronzes from the John W. Kluge Collection, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, 26 March - 23 June 1996.

Lot Essay

For an Isis-Aphrodite in the same pose, with a similar treatment of the chiton and mantle, but with a slightly different crown, see the example in the Louvre, no. 255 in Tinh, "Isis" in LIMC.
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