A Roman marble bust of an Isis priest Circa 1st-2nd Century A.D. Depicted in middle-age, the head shaven, the almond eyes deeply-set, with a thick neck and sloping shoulders, 14½in (37cm) high, mounted
Provenance: English private collection. Bonhams London, 15 October 2008, lot 236. Bonhams London, 21 April 2005, lot 217. French private collection, acquired at auction from the Paris art market.
Literature: Worship of the Egyptian goddess Isis became increasingly popular in Rome from the Ptolemaic Period onwards, and is attested to by the remains of temples dedicated to her throughout the Roman Empire. Cf. C. Vermeule, Greek and Roman Sculpture in America, California, 1981, p.303, no.259.