7/8/2020 - The Priestess of Isis of Taormina
The graceful maiden testimonial of Taormina Arte 2020 hasn't got a name.
However we know her as The Priestess of Isis of Taormina.
About her we know that she was born between the first and the second century AD and that she was found in Taormina in 1861 in the area where today it is placed the Church of San Pancrazio, the Saint patron of the city.
We admire her long dress knotted on the chest and the fringed cloak, according to the Isiac fashion, and the grace with which, with her left hand, she holds a small vase.
Historically she is a very refined and particularly rare testimony of the Roman cult (of Egyptian origin) of Isis and Jupiter Serapis in Sicily.
And in particular in Taormina, where the temple dedicated to the divine couple survives incorporated in the Church of San Pancrazio, which has not affected the regular block walls, still well visible.
Consecrated to the goddess Isis - the goddess of nature and fertility, the universal goddess - the priestess dressed in white and is adorned by flowers. She practiced the cult of the harmony of natural cycles and the cult of the woman who originated from life.
Thus, for a strongly desired cultural season, the Priestess of Taormina is a symbol of rebirth, of desired harmony and a symbol of a new life.


The Priestess of Isis of Taormina
Origin: Taormina, Church of San Pancrazio area
Date: Roman age (I - II century AD).
Location: Antonio Salinas Regional Archaeological Museum in Palermo in the Hall of Greek and Roman Sculptures
Measurements: statue height m. 1.37 - base height m. 0.09
Description: A white marble statue which represents an Isiac priestess. It was restored on the occasion of the temporary exhibition organized in Taormina for the inauguration of the Municipal Archaeological Museum - Palazzo della Badia Vecchia (from May 10 - to August 8, 2002)