Isis, Roman-Egyptian Panel

Illustration

Arienne King
by Getty Museum
published on 26 July 2018

This 2nd Century CE tempera painting on wood panel depicts the Hellenized form of the Egyptian goddess Isis.

In the Ptolemaic and Roman periods, Eastern deities and cultic practices became increasingly widespread and attracted devotees in regions like Greece and Italy. The cult of Isis was by far the most popular Egyptian cult and it became one of the most popular mystery religions in the Roman Empire. The benevolent attributes of Isis and the universality of her patronage had widespread appeal across social strata.

Originally produced in 2nd Century CE Egypt, the panel is now a part of the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum. Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program.

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