Greek Terracotta Head of Isis-Aphrodite


Greek Terracotta Head of Isis-Aphrodite

An ancient Greek terracotta head of a woman with an elaborate coiffure, likely representing Isis-Aphrodite, an amalgamation of the two popular Egyptian and Greco-Roman goddesses.

Ptolemaic Alexandria.
Ca. 250-50 BC.
Height: 2 1/4 (5.5 cm).

The synchretised Roman-Egyptian goddess Isis-Aphrodite combined attributes of both goddess and was particularly popular in Egypt. Isis was the wife of Osiris, protector and patron of women, and model of conjugal love. Later regarded as a healer, she became associated with Demeter, Aphrodite (venus), and Hathor. Aphrodite was the Greek goddess of sexual love and beauty. Hephaestus was her husband, the child Eros her companion, and Ares one of her lovers. The dove, the sparrow, and the swan were the animals sacred to her.

Formerly in the collection of Dr. Wallace A. Russell, Tampa, Florida, acquired in the 1960's.

Inv#: 6846


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