Relief of Jupiter

Object Details

Title:

Relief of Jupiter

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Roman

Place:

Asia Minor (Place created)

Date:

1 - 150 A.D.

Medium:

Silver

Dimensions:

18 × 13 × 5 cm (7 1/16 × 5 1/8 × 1 15/16 in.)

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Mask-like portrayal of a mature man with long wavy hair parted at the center, and a luxuriant curling beard. The face is broad, with a straight nose and parted lips. The eyes are heavily-lidded, with the outline of the iris incised and shallow insets for the pupils. In many respects, the face resembles depictions of Jupiter (the Greek Zeus) as Serapis, an Egyptian god of fertility adopted by the Greeks in the Hellenistic period. The function of this relief is uncertain, but it may have been part of a large decorative element on a ceremonial shield or another piece of armor.

Provenance
- 1982

Fritz Bürki & Son (Zurich, Switzerland), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1982.

Exhibitions
Picasso and Rivera: Conversations across Time (December 4, 2016 to September 10, 2017)
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles), December 4, 2016 to May 7, 2017
  • Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico City), June 7 to September 10, 2017
Bibliography

Magaloni, Diana, and Michael Govan, eds. Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, with Delmonico Books, 2016), p. 208, fig.