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Lamp in the Form of a Foot with a Serpent
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Lamp in the Form of a Foot with a Serpent


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Description This lamp is shaped like a foot wearing a sandal and is topped by a rod with a serpent crowned by a sun disk. Lamps played an important role in the rituals connected to the solar aspects of Harpocrates and Serapis, as well as in the Isis mysteries. The Serapis-foot demonstrated the god's eternal presence. These feet were mostly combined with a bust of the deity, and this lamp likely had such an image of Serapis on the lid.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
5/16/1983Treatmentcleaned; other
Exhibitions
  • Designed for Use: Ancient Industrial Arts. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1983.
  • Serapis: The Creation of a God. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2002.
Provenance Giovanni Dattri, Cairo, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Lambros-Dattari Sale, Hotel Drouot, Paris, 1912, June 17-19, 1912, p. 53, no. 460; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1912, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1912

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Creator
Period
1st century CE
Medium
bronze
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.1190
Measurements
4 1/4 x 1 5/16 in. (10.8 x 3.4 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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