Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Although Egyptian animal worship was not easily accepted in neighboring cultures, Serapis demonstrates a successful export of Egyptian religion to the wider Mediterranean world. Serapis, a divine figure, represents a combination of the Greek god Zeus, the Egyptian gods Amun and Osiris, and the sacred Egyptian Apis bull. This Greek-made statue follows the Egyptian convention of combining animal features (here, animal horns and ears) with a human face.
30 B.C.E.–395 C.E.
25 x 14 1/2 x 14 1/2 in., 260.5 lb. (63.5 x 36.8 x 36.8 cm, 118.16kg) (show scale)
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Gift of Robert B. Woodward
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Serapis, 30 B.C.E.–395 C.E. Marble, 25 x 14 1/2 x 14 1/2 in., 260.5 lb. (63.5 x 36.8 x 36.8 cm, 118.16kg). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Robert B. Woodward, 13.1070. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.13.1070_connectingcultures_2015.jpg)
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