Votive plaque to Apollo
Late Imperial Period
3rd–4th century A.D.
Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 131.
Height x width: 13 x 23.4 cm (5 1/8 x 9 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Inscribed: (Greek inscription to be added) “Markos Antonis Silvanos of the 22nd legion dedicated [this plaque in fulfillment of a] vow to the greatest of the gods, Apollo of gentle mind.” As in the folk art of Asia Minor, Apollo is shown as a rider god, but he has a languidly detatched expression in the tradition of sophisticated late classical Greek sculpture.
By date unknown: originally from Asia Minor or Syria; dates unknown: private collections in New York and Boston; by 1978: with Summa Galleries, Inc., P.O. Box 6428, 342 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; purchased by MFA from Summa Galleries, Inc., May 11, 1983
Edwin E. Jack Fund