Description The god Serapis combined aspects of major Egyptian and Greek gods. Created by the Ptolemaic kings to appeal to both the Greek ruling class and the native Egyptian population, Serapis acquired powerful solar, fertility, healing, and funerary associations and eventually became extremely popular throughout the Mediterranean world.
- From Alexander to Cleopatra: Greek Art of the Hellenistic Age. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
- Serapis: The Creation of a God. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2002.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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