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Statuette of Isis as a mourner

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Figure of the goddess Isis is the position of a mourner, kneeling with her proper right hand raised to her face and her proper left hand resting flat on her lap. She wears a straight sheath dress and tripartite wig, with the hieroglyphic symbol for her name (a throne) on her head. Traces of...

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By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession Date: June 28, 1872)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 26, 664–525 B.C.


Height x width x length: 32.9 x 6.8 x 14.9 cm (12 15/16 x 2 11/16 x 5 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, gilt and plychrome decoration


The Ancient World