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

Footnotes

  • 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.

    Literature:
    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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