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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ |Themes & Provenance| ▸ |Gods, Non-Olympian| ▸ |Isis||View Options:  |  |  | 

Isis

Isis was an ancient Egyptian goddess of motherhood, magic, nature and fertility, worshiped as the ideal wife and mother. She was the friend of slaves, sinners, artisans, and the downtrodden, and she listened to the prayers of the wealthy, maidens, aristocrats, and rulers. Worship of Isis spread throughout the Greco-Roman world, continuing until the suppression of paganism in the Christian era.

Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

|Roman| |Egypt|, |Trajan,| |25| |January| |98| |-| |8| |or| |9| |August| |117| |A.D.,| |Roman| |Provincial| |Egypt||dichalkon|
The headdress of Isis, or Two Feathers Crown, was composed of two ostrich feathers, two horns and a disk.
RX94977. Bronze dichalkon, RPC Online III 4773 (13 spec.); Dattari 1098, SNG Cop 259, Kampmann 27.522; Emmett 710.16 (R3), Geissen -, BMC Alexandria -, VF, earthen encrusted (uncleaned), ragged flan with tiny edge splits, obverse edge beveled, remnant of pre-strike casting sprue, weight 2.289 g, maximum diameter 15.0 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 112 - 28 Aug 113 A.D.; obverse no legend, laureate head right; reverse no legend, crown of Isis, L I-ς (year 16) in lower fields divided by crown; from the Ray Nouri Collection; rare; $60.00 SALE PRICE $54.00


Arsinoe II, Wife of Ptolemy II Philadelphos, 285 - 246 B.C., Restoration by Ptolemy VI or Ptolemy VIII

|Ptolemaic| |Egypt|, |Arsinoe| |II,| |Wife| |of| |Ptolemy| |II| |Philadelphos,| |285| |-| |246| |B.C.,| |Restoration| |by| |Ptolemy| |VI| |or| |Ptolemy| |VIII||oktodrachm|
Following Arsinoe's death in 268 B.C., Ptolemy II minted a massive issue of outstanding gold and silver medallic coins honoring his departed wife. Arsinoe II is portrayed in the guise of Isis. Her worship was widespread during this period and for generations following.

This coin is a "restoration" struck by Ptolemy VI or Ptolemy VIII. A possible exact date could be 145 B.C. on the accession of Ptolemy VIII.
SH30612. Gold oktodrachm, Svoronos 1498, SNG Cop 321, Choice EF, weight 27.841 g, maximum diameter 29.2 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, c. 180 - 116 B.C.; obverse diademed and veiled head or Arsinoe II as Isis right, K behind; reverse APΣINOHΣ ΦIΛA∆EΛΦOY, double cornucopia bound with fillet and filled with fruits; huge gold coin!; SOLD


Egyptian, Ptolemaic Period, Cartonage Panel, Goddess Isis, c. 304 - 30 B.C.

|Egyptian| |Antiquities|, |Egyptian,| |Ptolemaic| |Period,| |Cartonage| |Panel,| |Goddess| |Isis,| |c.| |304| |-| |30| |B.C.|
From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.
AE21197. cartonage panel, cf. Ancient Egyptian Art at Yale, p. 160 for similar cartonage, c. 13cm (5"), Choice, some bitumen deposits, executed in blue, red, yellow, white, and black, Isis standing right winged with arms outstretched, Eye of Horus symbol right, behind is her sister Nephthys Neohthys, register of hieroglyphs at the bottom; SOLD


Melita, Malta, c. 150 - 146 B.C.

|Other| |Sicily|, |Melita,| |Malta,| |c.| |150| |-| |146| |B.C.||AE| |26|
Melite or Melita (present-day Mdina) Malta began as a Bronze Age settlement, which grew into the city Maleth under the Phoenicians, and became the administrative center of the island. The city fell to Rome in 218 B.C., and it remained part of the Roman and later the Byzantine Empire until 870 A.D., when it was destroyed by the Aghlabids. The city was then rebuilt and renamed Medina, giving rise to the present name Mdina. It remained Malta's capital city until 1530. Only a few vestiges of the Punic-Roman city have survived. The most substantial are the ruins of the Domvs Romana, an aristocratic town house, in which a number of well-preserved mosaics and statues have been found. Sparse remains of other buildings and parts of the city walls have been excavated, but no visible remains of the city's numerous temples, churches, and other public buildings survive.
GI86525. Bronze AE 26, Calciati III p. 353, 7; SNG Cop VIII 463; SNG Dreer 607; Coleiro 3, F, red-black patina, reverse a little off center, light marks and corrosion, weight 12.228 g, maximum diameter 25.7 mm, die axis 0o, Melita (Mdina, Malta) mint, under Roman rule, c. 150 - 146 B.C.; obverse MEΛITAIΩN (clockwise on right), head of Isis (Coleiro says Astarte) left, wearing uraeus crown, composite of symbol of Tanit and caduceus in left field; reverse Osiris kneeling left on left knee, with four open wings, wearing double crown, short scepter in right hand, flail in left hand; from the David Cannon Collection, ex Beast Coins; very rare; SOLD







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