Egyptian Inscribed Limestone Statue Base
An ancient Egyptian inscribed limestone statue base of which only the feet remain. The inscription on three sides reads: "May Isis the divine Great Mother give life, health, strength, and joy to the fortunate NEB..."
Late New Kingdom - Early Saite Period
Isis was the wife of Osiris, protector and patron of women, and model of conjugal love. She is often depicted suckling the infant Harpokrates. Later regarded as a healer, she became associated with Demeter, Aphrodite, and Hathor. Her principle cult temple site was the island of Philae.
Formerly in a New York private collection, acquired at Hotel Drouot, Pescheteau-Badin-Ferrien, Paris, November 25, 1990; previously in a French private collection.