Bracelet depicting Egyptian deities

Roman Provincial
Roman Imperial Period
about 2nd century A.D.


Place of Manufacture: Egypt

Dimensions

Diameter (max.): 9.8 cm (3 7/8 in.) Length = 14 cm (since the bracelet is curved, this is really the circumference of the inscription) Height = 1.5 cm

Accession Number

2004.2229

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Bracelets and armlets

From left to right the figures are: the griffin of Nemesis with her wheel, a radiate sun-god in armor holding a spear, a goddess?, Hermanubis, Demeter-Io, Serapis with Cerberus, Harpokrates, Isis, two snakes (Agathodaimon-Serapis and Thueris-Isis) flanking Harpokrates (?), and a falcon with the crown of Upper and Lower Egypt. At the far right is the Greek inscription “To Sarapis of great name.”
The bracelet has the form of a fillet: that is, a broad strap with ties at either end. Fillets were tied around people or objects as a decoration or a mark of honor.

Provenance

By about 2001: with an unknown British dealer in London (said to have belonged to an English collector for some time); about 2001: purchased by dealer Frank Kovacs, P.O. Box 25300, San Mateo, California 94402, from an unknown British dealer in London; date unknown: purchased by Harlan J. Berk from Frank Kovacs; December 2004: year-end gift of Harlan J. Berk to MFA in honor of John J. Herrmann, Jr., Curator of Classical Art, 1976-2004

Credit Line

Gift of Harlan J. Berk in honor of John J. Herrmann, Jr., Curator of Classical Art, 1976-2004