23 – Relief with Isis

Relief with Isis. Greek, 250-150 BCE; found in Dion, Macedonia, Greece. The goddess Isis began to be worshipped outside Egypt during the Ptolemaic period (323-30 BCE). In this relief from Macedonia, she is depicted as a fertility deity equated with the Greek goddess Demeter. She holds a sheaf of wheat and a scepter decorated with a solar disk. Her broad-rimmed hat may have had a crescent moon attached, and her drapery is tied at the shoulder with a characteristic knot. The inscription names a Greek couple, Kallimachos and Kleta, who dedicated this votive offering to the Egyptian deities Serapis, Isis, and Anubis.

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