Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Intaglio depicting Serapis
ca. 100 BCE
Banded agate, modern gold setting
H: 13; W: 11 cm
The Harry Stern Collection, bequeathed by Dr. Kurt Stern, London, in memory of his parents and his brother, who perished at Sobibor
Accession number: 76.42.2444
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