A Roman marble female draped torso of Isis
Lot 78
A Roman marble figure of Isis
Sold for £57,600 (US$ 96,757) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Roman marble figure of Isis
Circa 1st Century B.C. - 1st Century A.D.
In archaistic style, the goddess shown standing with the right leg advanced, wearing a thin pleated chiton pinned at the shoulders, a himation draped around the upper body, the folds zig-zagging over the stomach and gathered over the left arm, the remains of long braids falling over the shoulders and back, 17in (43cm) high, mounted


  • Provenance:
    French private collection, Paris, formed between the 1960s and 1980s. Acquired from André Le Véel in July 1975 and accompanied by a copy of the certificate of authenticity.

    Similarly draped archaistic figures were restored as Isis in the 18th Century, cf. M. Fullerton, The Archaistic Style in Roman Statuary, Leiden, 1990, no. 2ID2, fig. 8; and G. Waywell, The Lever and Hope Sculptures. Ancient Sculptures in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, and A Catalogue of the Ancient Sculptures formerly in the Hope Collection, London and Deepdene, (Monumenta Artis Romanae, XVI), Berlin, 1986, p. 87, no. 28, fig. 21.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that as mentioned in the footnote, this figure is a goddess of the type known as 'Isis' following the 19th Century restoration with the attributes of Isis, of the similarly-draped Thomas Hope goddess.
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