Bust of a Zeus Serapis by Unknown Artist

The bust, said to be from Alexandria, is in excellent condition with a fine, dark-green patination.

Details

Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
19 cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,000 ( Total: £3,500)
Acquired in:
1970
Vendor:
Robin Symes

The shape points to a date in the second half of the first century AD, but the head reproduces a sculptural type of the fourth century BC which has been plausibly attributed to Bryaxis, one of the artists who worked on the Mausoleum. The prototype represented Zeus, but, given its Egyptian provenance, this bronze is more likely to represent the Alexandrian deity Serapis, who is often iconographically indistinguishable from Zeus.

Provenance

Mr Robin Symes

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

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