Dispater (Gallo-Roman divinity)

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

Place of Manufacture: Gaul

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 100; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 120 (additional published references).


Height: 8.3 cm (3 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



The bronze figure wears a long-sleeved, belted tunic and trousers. Remains of a hammer or mallet in right hand; jar was held in left.
A reduced and simplified version of the Celtic lord of the heavens and father of the gods. Dispater was widely worshipped in Roman Gaul, and incorporated in his Celtic manifestation aspects of Jupiter, Pluto and Vulcan.


By date unknown: with Kevorkian in Paris; July 1959: purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III from Kevorkian; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA, October 8, 1959

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III