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Ring with a bust of Serapis in relief

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Large bronze ring, probably worn by a man. It features Serapis, Graeco-Egyptian god of the underworld and of fertility, identified by the cylindrical headdress, a grain-measure (modius), on his head. The bust is draped by a himation on the left shoulder, but otherwise is bare to the ribcage....

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Provenance

By date unknown: with Summa Galleries, Inc., 342 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California (according to MFA, Sculpture in Stone and Bronze, entry 91: from private collections in New York and, before World War II, in Germany); February 16, 1978: purchased by MFA from Summa Galleries, Inc.

Credit Line

Edwin E. Jack Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, 2nd century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 091.

Dimensions

Height: 4.5 cm (1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1978.56

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Rings