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Bust of Zeus Serapis

Artist Culture
Roman
Period
Imperial period, 27 BC–AD 330
Date
mid-2nd–mid-3rd century
Material
Bronze with silver inlay
Associated with
Roman Empire
Classification
Sculpture
Current Location
On View, Gallery 259
Dimensions
6 3/4 x 5 1/8 x 1 7/8 in. (17.1 x 13 x 4.8 cm)
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
69:1923
NOTES
As today, individuals in antiquity found ways to express their devotion to the gods. Whether maintaining a small altar at home for the worship of a particular deity, or presenting gifts called votives, at sanctuaries or graves, many of the objects that survive from antiquity served a ritual function.

This bronze bust represents Zeus Serapis—a hybrid deity. The pharaohs of Egypt introduced Zeus Serapis in the 3rd century BC to unify competing Greek and Egyptian pantheons.
- 1923
Vladimir G. Simkhovitch, New York, NY, USA

1923 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Vladimir G. Simkhovitch


Notes:
Invoice from Vladimir G. Simkhovitch dated January 27, 1923 [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control of the City Art Museum, February 9, 1923.
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