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.

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

58.351a-b

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

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.

Provenance

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