Miniature bust of Serapis
Late Imperial Period
probably 4th century A.D.
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 125; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 120 (additional published references).
Height: 18 cm (7 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Serapis wears an undecorated kalathos or modius on his head and a himation over the chiton or tunic covering his shoulders. Even green patina.
1960, sold by J. J. Klejman (dealer; b. 1906 - d. 1995), New York, to the MFA for $850 [see note]. (Accession Date: December 1, 1960)
NOTE: Said to come from Alexandria; another bust from the same or similar mold came onto the New York art market at the same time.
Harriet Otis Cruft Fund