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Colossal Left Foot

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

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.
DATES 1st-2nd century
PERIOD Roman Period
DIMENSIONS 13 x 7 7/8 x 18 1/2 in. (33 x 20 x 47 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
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CAPTION Roman. Colossal Left Foot, 1st-2nd century. Marble, 13 x 7 7/8 x 18 1/2 in. (33 x 20 x 47 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 19.170. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE installation, Body Parts Installation (2009), CUR.19.170_bodyparts.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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Colossal Left Foot