Colossal Left Foot
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Robert E. Blum Gallery, 1st floor
This colossal left foot was intentionally made as just one body part. The foot with an elaborate sandal belongs to Serapis, a fusion of the Egyptian gods Osiris and Apis and various Hellenistic deities, including Zeus and Helios. Serapis enjoyed increasing popularity from Ptolemaic times, when Egypt was under Greek rule, and into the Roman period. His veneration quickly spread throughout the imperial territories, where objects like this were offered as votives, in gratitude for or anticipation of Serapis’s healing power. The serpent that winds around the leg can symbolize either Serapis or his consort Isis.
1st-2nd century C.E.
13 x 7 7/8 x 18 1/2 in. (33 x 20 x 47 cm) (show scale)
Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
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