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Head of Isis

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Head of Isis with the hair combed back from a central part then falling vertically in a group of tubular curls that covers the ears. Red paint on eyes. Scientific Analysis: Harvard Lab No. HI234: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.45 / delta18O -0.54, Attribution - Paros 2, Prokonnesos,...

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By 1864: collection of Ferdinand Lassalle (who had acquired the head in Rome); 1864: bequeathed by Ferdinand Lassalle to Dr. Hans von Bülow; gift of Dr. Hans von Bülow to MFA, 1889

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. Hans von Bülow

Greek, Hellenistic Period, 280–240 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Egypt (probably)

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 090; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 109 (additional published references).


Height: 29 cm (11 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble probably from the island of Prokonnesos near Istanbul


The Ancient World