London, South Kensington
25 April 2001
AN ALABASTER LOWER HALF OF A FRAGMENTARY HEAD OF SERAPIS
ROMAN, 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
Showing the god's characteristic luxuriant wavy hair and tightly curled deeply drilled beard, in two halves and rejoined, mounted
5¾ in. (14.5 cm.) high max.
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Images, p. 144, no. 50.
Without the characteristic headdress the identity of Serapis, whose cult was introduced into Egypt by Ptolemy I Soter, is speculative although probable.
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