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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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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.


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Rings