Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Vladimir Naikhin
Aphrodite-Isis
Egypt (?)
Late 2nd – early 3rd century CE
Bronze, hollow cast
H: 45 cm
Bequest of Joseph Ternbach, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum
Accession number: 87.160.323
 
 
In this example of Greco-Egyptian workmanship, the nude goddess Aphrodite is shown wearing the combined crown of the Egyptian goddesses Isis (plumes) and Hathor (cow horns and sun disk). The ears of corn probably relate to the identification of Isis with Demeter, the Greek goddess of agriculture.

Publications:
Merhav, Rivka et al., A Glimpse into the Past: The Joseph Ternbach Collection, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1981

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir