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Exhibited Roman Bronze Bust of Serapis, ex-Royal Athena
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Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 2nd century CE. Skillfully cast via the lost wax (cire perdue) process, a petite copper alloy bust of Serapis presenting with gentle eyes, a bushy beard, a mustachioed closed mouth, locks of cascading curly hair framing his attractive visage, and a modius or kalathos (corn or grain basket) atop of his head. The piece has developed a rich olive-green patina with red highlights. Size: 3" H (7.6 cm); 4" H (10.2 cm) on included custom stand.

The god Serapis was originally created by Ptolemy I of Egypt as a means of unifying the Grecian and Egyptian cultures around the 3rd century BCE, but the Romans were quick to adopt the cult of Serapis in favor of other overarching deities such as Osiris around the 4th century CE. The Romans did not often respect the deities and belief systems of other ancient cultures; however, those of the Greek and Egyptian pantheons were revered.

On loan to Ball State University Art Gallery, George Mason University, and Fitchburg Art Museum 1997 to 2016.

Provenance: private Rochester, Michigan USA collection, acquired from Royal Athena in February 1997; on loan to Ball State University Art Gallery, George Mason University, and Fitchburg Art Museum 1997 to 2016

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PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent increases of shipments being seized by Australian & German customs (even for items with pre-UNESCO provenance), we will no longer ship most antiquities and ancient Chinese art to Australia & Germany. For categories of items that are acceptable to ship to Australia or Germany, please contact us directly or work with your local customs brokerage firm.

Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping.

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Condition
Minor wear to peripheries and high pointed areas, but otherwise in very nice condition. Details are still strong. Gorgeous age patina of deep verdant and russet hues. Collection number written on verso (tucked below the shoulder so difficult to see).
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Exhibited Roman Bronze Bust of Serapis, ex-Royal Athena

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Est. $6,000 - $9,000Starting Price $2,500
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Lot 0029 Details

Description
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Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 2nd century CE. Skillfully cast via the lost wax (cire perdue) process, a petite copper alloy bust of Serapis presenting with gentle eyes, a bushy beard, a mustachioed closed mouth, locks of cascading curly hair framing his attractive visage, and a modius or kalathos (corn or grain basket) atop of his head. The piece has developed a rich olive-green patina with red highlights. Size: 3" H (7.6 cm); 4" H (10.2 cm) on included custom stand.

The god Serapis was originally created by Ptolemy I of Egypt as a means of unifying the Grecian and Egyptian cultures around the 3rd century BCE, but the Romans were quick to adopt the cult of Serapis in favor of other overarching deities such as Osiris around the 4th century CE. The Romans did not often respect the deities and belief systems of other ancient cultures; however, those of the Greek and Egyptian pantheons were revered.

On loan to Ball State University Art Gallery, George Mason University, and Fitchburg Art Museum 1997 to 2016.

Provenance: private Rochester, Michigan USA collection, acquired from Royal Athena in February 1997; on loan to Ball State University Art Gallery, George Mason University, and Fitchburg Art Museum 1997 to 2016

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent increases of shipments being seized by Australian & German customs (even for items with pre-UNESCO provenance), we will no longer ship most antiquities and ancient Chinese art to Australia & Germany. For categories of items that are acceptable to ship to Australia or Germany, please contact us directly or work with your local customs brokerage firm.

Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping.

#160772
Condition
...
Minor wear to peripheries and high pointed areas, but otherwise in very nice condition. Details are still strong. Gorgeous age patina of deep verdant and russet hues. Collection number written on verso (tucked below the shoulder so difficult to see).

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