Votive plaque with bust of Ares

Imperial Period
Probably A.D. 25 or 135


Diameter (max.): 12 cm (4 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Medallic plaque raised from a sheet of silver, with bust of Ares, wearing a two-layered leather corselet, with a dagger strapped at his side, and a crested helmet; rim made separately; Greek dedicatory inscription, divided in two parts on each side of the bust; second Greek inscription running around the rim. Intact, but areas of loss and restoration, especially impacting the inscriptions.


By 1930: Jacob Hirsch Collection; by 1957: with Adolph Hess AG, Haldenstrasse 5, Lucerne, and William H. Schab, 602 Madison Avenue, New York 22 (auction of the Jacob Hirsch Collection, Hotel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, December 7, 1957, lot 61 [with MFA 58.351], provenance according to the Hess invoice: Seki Bazar [Kleinasien]); 1958: with William H. Schab, New York; purchased by MFA from William H. Schab, April 10, 1958, for $ 2,000.00 (this is the total price of 58.351-58.352)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour