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Book chapter

Об одной волшебной древнеегипетской статуе в средневековом арабском анониме «Ах̮ба̄р аз-зама̄н»

С. 63-76.

The article deals with the description of a ancient Egyptian magic and healing statue
in the Statue in Medieval Arab Anonymous Akhbār al-zamān (Pseudomasudi / Ibn
Wasif Shah, 10th‑12th cent.). Though the whole story is greatly influenced by folklore
motifs, it is clear that the description refers to Isis lactans, popular iconographic
type of late Greco-Roman time. On one hand, this demonstrates survivability and
importance of Isis’ cult in the Coptic period (the Arab tradition reflects corresponding
Coptic tradition), even in a depersonalized manner (the statue is not denoted by any
name). On the other hand, this statue should be considered together with many
others mentioned in the text; in one words, this can be regarded not only as the
hellenization of Isis’ image in the Graeco-Roman period but also as its subsequent
later arabisation.