Figure of Isis Thermouthis, a serpent version of Isis - ROM2010_11669_29


Figure of Isis Thermouthis, a serpent version of Isis

Medium:Mould-made earthenware
Geography: From al-Fayyūm, Egypt
Date: 100-200 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
17.6 x 9.4 cm
Object number: 916.1.430
Credit Line: The Walter Massey Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome: Roman Egypt

The Triad: Serapis, Isis, and Harpocrates

Unlike the Egyptian Osiris-Isis-Horus triad from which the Pharaoh was a direct descendant, the Romano-Egyptian triad of Serapis-Isis-Harpocrates remained more independent of the monarchy. Emphasizing the divine and the eternal, this family triad was used to depict the preservation of order in Egypt during the Roman period. These Romano-Egyptian deities offered Romans another avenue for spiritual fulfilment apart from the familiar Olympian deities.

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