Statue of Isis

Inv. Scu 744

The figure is easily identifiable as he goddess Isis . She wears a chiton and a mantle that ties over her breasts (the so called knot of Isis) . A piece of the mantle is used as a veil to cover her head, which is also adorned with a solar disc decorated with the figure of the sacred serpent (uraeus). She holds a small jug by her side (modern restoration) and in her left hand is holding a sistrum , the musical instrument sacred in ancient Egyptian cosmogony.
Stylistic features indicate that the work was sculpted under emperor Claudius; it has been alternatively interpreted as a Roman copy of a Greek original dating c. 300 BC , or as a Roman creation, an eclectic work ideated in Rome when the cult of Isis was banned by emperors Augustus and Tiberius. It has also been linked with the cult statue of the main temple in Rome, the Iseum Campensis , which is represented in coins that show a similar iconography.

The assumption that it was found in Villa Adriana is proved wrong by the fact was in a private collection in 1704, and then in the Collezione Albani in 1720