Roman Serapis Bronze Statue

$891.73

A fine Roman Serapis statue cast from bronze featuring the deity, facing forward with his head slightly tilted to the right. He is wearing a tunic draped over his shoulders down to his feet. In his left arm rests, the cornucopia while his right arm is slightly extended forward holding a circular object. The facial features have been carefully rendered including his eyes, nose, mouth and beard. A modius has been placed on top of his brushed back hair placed in a fillet. At the base is a D-section loop, beautiful green patination covers the surface. This piece is mounted on a custom made stand.

Date: Circa 1st-3rd century AD
Provenance: Acquired before 1990 with a central London gallery. Private collection of a North West London lady.
Condition: Excellent condition, green patination to the surface.

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SKU: LD-447 Category: Tags: ,

Serapis (Σέραπις) is a Graeco-Egyptian composite deity, blending the transformative powers of the Egyptian gods Osiris and Apis with the heavenly authority of the Greek god Zeus. His cult was developed under the Ptolemaic ruler Ptolemy I Soter (305-282 BC) as a means to unify his Greek and Egyptian subjects, and later gained popularity throughout the Roman Empire, until it was banned under Theodosius I (AD 379-395). Zeus Serapis became the tutelary divinity of the Severan imperial dynasty. The god’s association with the emperor enhanced the mystique of the position, imbuing the Roman ruler with his divine qualities as a giver of salvation and immortality.

To find out more about Roman gods, please visit our relevant blog post: Roman Gods in Mythology.

Weight 282.2 g
Dimensions H 10.8 cm
Culture

Metal

Region

Roman Mythology

Reference: For similar imagery,Christies, New York, 11th December 2003, Lot 214

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