Zeus of Caesarea in Cappadocia

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
2nd century A.D.

Place of Manufacture: (perhaps) Asia Minor

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 073.


Height: 20.5 cm (8 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Statuette of seated Zeus. The god wears a himation, which covers his back and left shoulder and falls loosely around his hips, legs, and sandals. Left hand is raised with fingers bent to hold some missing object, (probably a scepter ), and right hand outstretched to offer a tetrahedral attribute, which has spheres at its four apices. The pyramid may represent Mt. Argaios, sacred to Caesarea in Cappodocia.


1972, sold by Mohammad Yeganeh (dealer; b. 1929 - d. 2012), Galerie für Griechische, Römische und Byzantinische Kunst, Frankfurt, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 11, 1972)

Credit Line

Edwin E. Jack Fund