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Introduction: A Nubian Worshipper Of Isis Of Philae From The Second Century Bc

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This chapter talks about the Budapest terracotta and the cultural Syncretism on the Nubian border. The Collection of the Department of Classical Antiquities in the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts keeps a remarkable Hellenistic clay vessel in the form of a draped female figure in kneeling posture. The provenance of the terracotta is indicated by its fabric as well as by its style. The garment represents a Hellenistic variant of the traditional tripartite female costume developed in the Late Period and appearing in various renderings on images of priestesses and cult attendants of Isis. The image of a Nubian attendant of the cult of Isis of Philae performing a Greek chthonic is a splendid example of the kind of cultural syncretism that was characteristic for the medial region between ancient Egypt and Nubia rather than as a model case of Egyptian-Greek religious syncretism.

Keywords: Budapest terracotta; cultural Syncretism; Isis of Philae; Nubian border; Nubian worshipper



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