Metropolitan Museum of Art Cast Collection
 

Description

Plaster cast of a relief depicting the pharaoh Cleopatra VII as the goddess Isis, from the Ptolemaic period. Original is housed in the Dendera temple complex, Egypt, circa 332 BCE. to 30 BCE.

Publication Date

1978

Type of Artwork

Statue

Time Period/Geographical Region

Ancient Egypt

Height (cm/in)

129.54 cm / 51 in

Width (cm/in)

58.42 cm / 23 in

Depth (cm/in)

7.62 cm / 3 in

Disciplines

Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity | Sculpture

Comments

In this image of Cleopatra VII, one of the last Egyptian pharaohs, she wears a crown with a sun disk, horns, and a throne at the top, representing the goddess Isis. Isis was an important goddess, the daughter of Geb, the god of the earth, and Nut, the goddess of the sky. In this relief sculpture, you also see a cartouche. The oval with the horizontal line at one end contains the royal name of Cleopatra. By placing the cartouche next to the image of the pharaoh as Isis, Cleopatra was portraying herself as the most powerful female deity.

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Cleopatra as the Goddess Isis

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