Enigmatic inscription from a bust of Isis. In the late 18th century the inscription became the cause of controversy among British scholars. Several academics believed that it was an Egyptian bust with Chinese ideograms, produced in the context of Chinese-Egyptian commercial relations, while others considered the item a forgery.
Monograms and characters on a bust of Isis.
WALPOLE, Robert (Ed.). Travels in Various Countries of the East; being a Continuation of Memoirs relating to European and Asiatic Turkey, and &c., London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1820.
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