Basanit bust of the god Serapis

Hellenistic period, 3rd-2nd century B.C.
H. 17.6 cm (6 59⁄64 in)

17.6 cm high (front)
13 cm high (back)

Collection Kurt Meissner (1909-2004), Zurich, acquired in 1954
Sammlung Franz Trau (1881–1931), Wien
Galerie Fischer Luzern, Antikensammlung Nachlass Franz Trau Wien, Auktion in Luzern 16. November 1954, lot 378
Sammlung Kurt Meissner (1909-2004), Zürich, von obiger Auktion erworben
Privatsammlung Schweiz, bis 2018 

Ville e Casali, Roma e Dintorni, June 1994, 18

E. Simon e.a.
Dei e Uomini, Roma 1997, 91 & 103

M. Steinhart
Neue Götter, alter Glaube - Von allegorischen Schöpfungen und religiösen Importen, in: Florian Knauss (ed.), Die Unsterblichen – Götter Griechenlands,  Munich 2012, 281ff., ill. 19.14.

Roberta Belli Pasqua,
Sculture di Eta Romana in "Basalto", published by L’Erma di Bretschneider in 1995, 95ff., pl.52-54

Staatliche Antikensammlung und Glyptothek München, 16.02.2014 - 31.12.2014
Plektron Fine Arts, Tefaf Maastricht 2020

The god’s majestic head, turned slightly to the right, his wavy,  centrally-parted hair, flowing in spiralling locks to his shoulders and swept up over the forehead, with a luxuriant flowing beard and moustache with overlapping corkscrew curls, his lips are slightly parted, with unarticulated wide-set eyes, a hole on top of the head for insertion of the, now missing, modius

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