Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Vladimir Naikhin
Intaglio depicting Serapis
ca. 200 BCE
Agate
H: 1.7; W: 1.2 cm
Bequest of Dr. Engel, Jerusalem
Accession number: 96.67.28
 
 
Serapis was a combined Egyptian and Greek god. Under the Ptolemies, the successors of Alexander the Great who ruled over Egypt, the god’s cult and imagery developed. He became a god of protection and healing and was one of the most important deities of the Hellenistic and Roman worlds.


Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir