Marble Head of Serapis
Serapis was a composite god deliberately created early in the Ptolemaic (Greek) rule of Egypt to unite the Greeks and the Egyptians. The deity combined aspects of Egyptian gods (especially Osiris, the ruler of the Underworld) with Greek deities (particularly Zeus, the king of the gods). Worship of Serapis eventually spread to Europe.
- Culture: Roman
- Medium: Marble
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: 75-150 C.E.
- Period: Early Roman Period
- Dimensions: 10 3/8 x 7 3/8 x 6 7/8 in. (26.4 x 18.7 x 17.5 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in South Gallery, 1st Floor
- Accession Number: 37.1522E
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Roman. Marble Head of Serapis, 75-150 C.E. Marble, 10 3/8 x 7 3/8 x 6 7/8 in. (26.4 x 18.7 x 17.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1522E. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Marble Ammon-Serapis head with wavy beard and moustache. Rams horns crown the head. Condition: The tip of both horns is broken off. The head was made separately and attached to statue. A thin crack is seen across the tip of the nose and nostrils. A brown stain exists, which covers as area on the right side of the head behind the horn. All the work of the beard etc. was done with the running drill.
- Record Completeness: Best (86%)