The Protective Goddess of the Four Corners of
Tutankhamun’s golden shrine.
The hieroglyphic writing of her name incorporates the sign for a throne, which Isis also wears on her head as a sign of her identity. Egyptologists suggested she was originally a personification of thrones.
She absorbed characteristics from many other goddesses, broadening her significance well beyond the Osiris myth. Some of her aspects:
Goddess of kingship and the protection of the kingdom
Goddess of magic and wisdom
This statue of the Egyptian goddess Isis is reproduced after one of the four golden goddesses who were found protecting King Tut’s canopic jars in his tomb. Isis — along with golden statues of Selket, Nephthys and Neith – surrounded the four sides of a wooden shrine which housed Tutankhamun’s alabaster canopic chest containing the four canopic jars with his organs. Isis’ elongated neck and body is elegant in the tradition of a more refined Amarna art style from the New Kingdom period. Also noteworthy, her head is turned to one side which is unlike Egyptian tradition in sculpture which adheres to a rule of frontality. She appears to be looking over her shoulder to protect against intruders.
From an inscription on the sarcophagus of Thutmose IV, Isis’ role along with the other three goddesses is defined as: “These four goddesses shall be with you, accompanying you, driving out every evil that is in you flesh, exterminating those who come against you and setting their magic spells against them.”
Gold leafed and hand detailed
Original: around 1345 B.C., treasure of Tutankhamun, Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Replica, gold-plated by hand, wood base, with certificate.