Lot 45
  • 45

A Roman Bronze Figure of Isis-Aphrodite, Syria, Circa 2nd Century A.D.

8,000 - 12,000 USD
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  • A Roman Bronze Figure of Isis-Aphrodite, Syria
  • Bronze
  • Height with base 10 7/8 in. 27.6 cm.
standing on a stepped semi-circular base with her weight on the right leg and holding her girdle in her right hand, her head turned to her left, her centrally parted wavy hair falling in corkscrew curls over her shoulders, arranged in a chignon in back, and surmounted by a stephane crowned with palmettes flanking a tall headdress composed of a horned sun-disk and twin feathers, a figure of Eros probably once standing to her left.


Kalef Alaton (1940-1989), Los Angeles
acquired by the present owner from the above in the 1980s

Catalogue Note

For a related Syrian figure of Isis-Aphrodite standing alone in the same pose on a circular base see A. de Ridder, Collection de Clercq, vol. III: Les bronzes, Paris, 1904, pl. 17, no. 97. Also see "Isis," in Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, vol. V, Munich, 1990, p. 780, no. 250d, illus.