Ring with a bust of Serapis in relief
2nd century A.D.
Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 091.
Height: 4.5 cm (1 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)
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.
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.
Edwin E. Jack Fund