Zeus Dolichenus

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
2nd–3rd century A.D.


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 074.

Dimensions

Height: 7 cm (2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1973.163

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The god is dressed in a Roman military costume with a Phrygian cap on his head. In his left hand he clutches the lightning bolts of the thunder god; and in the right, which is now mostly missing, he probably held a double ax. His cult was Syrian in origin and travelled back to Rome with Eastern travellers.

Provenance

By 1973: Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Wagner Collection (presumably from Asia Minor); gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Wagner to MFA, March 14, 1973

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Wagner