3825 – Goddess Isis Plate
- Physical description:
- Attractive modern plate depicting the Ancient Egyptian Goddess Isis. The colours are subtle golds, greens and blues, and the style evokes Ancient Egyptian art whilst being essentially modern. Isis is depicted seated above a falcon and between a lion and a heron. She is wearing a blue dress and holding an ankh.
- Museum classification:
- 195 diameter
In Egyptian mythology Isis is particularly associated with magic. According to one legend she acquired magical power by persuading the God Ra to tell her his secret name - a story which is perhaps linked with the origins of the use of Sacred Names of God as magical Words of Power.
She was also associated with the Greek Mystery Tradition (see Apuleius, 'The Golden Ass').