STATUETTE OF A SEATED GODDESS
Egyptian, ca. 1000 BC
Wood, gilt, inlays
Height: 4-3/4 inches (12 cm)
Provenance: French private collection of painter Philippe Stoll, Strasbourg, acquired before 1960
This statuette of a seated goddess may represent Isis, consort of Osiris and mother of Horus. Her crown is now missing its terminal which would have permitted more secure identification. She wears a striated, tripartite wig , the two hanks in front draping down her bare breasts, with avian wing overlays flanking her face. Her arms were carved separately and inserted into the torso but are now missing. Despite her fragmentary condition, the goddess retains her majesty, enhanced by the presence of shimmering gild which still coats much of the wooden figurine.