Head from a Statuette of Zeus Serapis
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
1st century C.E.
Late Ptolemaic Period
3 7/8 x 2 7/8 x 2 3/8 in. (9.8 x 7.3 x 6 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Herma in glassy faience. Head of a god, perhaps Serapus or Aesclepius, terminating just below neck and mounted on column (?). Curled hair, plain and flat diadem, beard and moustache, open mouth. Head twisted slightly to right.
Condition: Surface worn, numerous chips, nose and beard broken. Top of head broken in a way that suggests it was originally furnished with an attribute.
This item is not on view
Head from a Statuette of Zeus Serapis, 1st century C.E. Faience, 3 7/8 x 2 7/8 x 2 3/8 in. (9.8 x 7.3 x 6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 58.79.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 58.79.1_PS9.jpg)
overall, 58.79.1_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2014
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Could you tell me how faience was made?
Faience is a man-made mixture of "ground quartz or quartz-sand held together by and alkaline binder. The bright and shiny surface
seen on this figurine is a result of glazing. The glaze was made of a form of powdered glass mixed with a liquid and applied either with a brush or by dipping the entire figurine.
It gets it's blue color from copper that is mixed into or applied to the surface of the quartz body before firing.