Ring with a bust of Serapis in relief

Roman
Imperial Period
2nd century A.D.


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 091.

Dimensions

Height: 4.5 cm (1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1978.56

Medium or Technique

Bronze

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Rings

Large bronze ring, probably worn by a man. It features Serapis, Graeco-Egyptian god of the underworld and of fertility, identified by the cylindrical headdress, a grain-measure (modius), on his head.

The bust is draped by a himation on the left shoulder, but otherwise is bare to the ribcage. The bezel of the ring serves as the background of the tondo; the form of the bust parallels representations of Trajan on certain sestertii.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Summa Galleries, Inc., 342 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California (according to MFA, Sculpture in Stone and Bronze, entry 91: from private collections in New York and, before World War II, in Germany); February 16, 1978: purchased by MFA from Summa Galleries, Inc.

Credit Line

Edwin E. Jack Fund