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Head from a Statuette of Zeus Serapis

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Great Hall, Southwest, 1st floor
MEDIUM Faience
  • Place Made: Africa
  • DATES 1st century C.E.
    PERIOD late Ptolemaic Period
    DIMENSIONS 3 7/8 x 2 7/8 x 2 3/8 in. (9.8 x 7.3 x 6 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Great Hall, Southwest, 1st floor
    EXHIBITIONS
    ACCESSION NUMBER 58.79.1
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION 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)
    IMAGE overall, 58.79.1_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2014
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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.
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