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Door With Serapis Model 1 3D Model
Panel with Painted Image of Serapis
Place: Egypt, Africa (Place created)
Date: A.D. 100–200
Medium: Tempera on wood
Object Number: 74.AP.21
Dimensions: 39.1 × 19.1 × 1.6 cm (15 3/8 × 7 1/2 × 5/8 in.)
Depicted as a mature bearded man, the god Serapis is similar in appearance to Graeco-Roman gods like Zeus or Jupiter, with whom he shares the role of king of the gods. The stylized modius or grain measure on his head emphasizes his role as a fertility deity. The Greek god Hades also wore this symbol, linking Serapis with the role of god of the Underworld.
Serapis was a creation of the Ptolemies, the Greek rulers of Egypt from 323 to 30 B.C. They needed a deity to help unify the mixed population of native Egyptians and Greek colonists. Serapis blended aspects of major Greek and Egyptian gods, making him acceptable to everyone.
Provenance: by 1973 - 1974 Nicolas Koutoulakis, 1910 - 1996 (Geneva, Switzerland), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1974.