Head from a fragmentary figure of Serapis - 910.175.391_1

910.175.391_1

Head from a fragmentary figure of Serapis

Medium:Mouldmade earthenware (terracotta)
Geography: Egypt
Date: about 1-200 CE
Period: Roman Imperial period
Dimensions:
8.4 cm
Object number: 910.175.391
Not on view
Description

The Triad: Serapis, Isis, and Harpocrates

Unlike the Egyptian Osiris-Isis-Horus triad from which the Pharaoh was a direct descendant, the Romano-Egyptian triad of Serapis-Isis-Harpocrates remained more independent of the monarchy. Emphasizing the divine and the eternal, this family triad was used to depict the preservation of order in Egypt during the Roman period. These Romano-Egyptian deities offered Romans another avenue for spiritual fulfilment apart from the familiar Olympian deities.

Collection:
Roman WorldEgypt
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