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An Egyptian Gold Amulet of Zeus Serapis, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st Century CE

EA1709

Serapis was essentially a construct of the Ptolemaic Greek rulers of Egypt, a conflation of the local gods Osiris and Apis. Although gradually subsumed into the all-pervading cult of Isis, Serapis was worshipped throughout the Roman world in the guise of Zeus, ruler of the heavens, or that of Hades, god of the Underworld. This small figure wears the Egyptian modius (grain measure) headdress and carries a cornucopia (horn of plenty) in his right hand to symbolize a plentiful food supply.

Dimensions: Length: 11/16 inch (1.75 cm)

Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall.

Provenance: Private Swiss collection, acquired prior to 1972.


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