Votive plaque with bust of Zeus and chain

Roman, Eastern Mediterranean
Imperial Period
Probably A.D. 70 or 180

Place of Manufacture: Southwest Asia Minor

Catalogue Raisonné

Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 049.


Diameter (max.) of plaque: 15.8 cm (6 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



a) Medallic plaque raised from a sheet of silver, with bust of Zeus, bearded and wearing a mantle (himation); rim made separately, affixed to the plaque by two pairs of silver rivets, which also attach leaf-shaped fixtures with loops to the reverse; Greek dedicatory inscription, divided in two parts on each side of the bust; second Greek inscription running around bottom half of rim. Intact, except for a hole at the crown of the head.
b) votive chain, in five sections; each section decorated with group of laurel leaves.


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 58.352], 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