The typical dress showed off by the female figure identifies the statue as a representation of Isis or of an Isiac priestess. The dark chiton is knotted on the chest in a particular shape, typical of the Isiac cult, which seems to recall an Egyptian amulet in the shape of a knot. The cult of Isis, an Egyptian goddess of ancient origin, wife of Osiris, enjoyed considerable fortune in ancient times, revered as a cosmic goddess. The sculpture, restored not only with the addition of ancient pieces coming from other statues, but also with modern parts, represents a mosaic of conservative interventions used during the period of collecting.
In the exhibition of Palazzo Giustiniani, the work was placed in correspondence with the statue of Isis Pelagia.
Inventory: MT 31; Isis Pelagia MT 32
Material: Body in bigio morato marble; head, neck, forearms and feet in fine-grained white marble
Technique: Work sculpted through the use of: chisels (also square-tipped and toothed) rasps
Dating: Imperial age
Origin: Giustiniani Collection