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Cup with Zodiacal Signs

Object Details

Title:

Cup with Zodiacal Signs

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Romano-Egyptian

Place:

Egypt (Place Created)

Date:

about A.D. 150

Medium:

Steatite

Object Number:

83.AA.327

Dimensions:

14.9 cm (5 7/8 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of Stefan Hornak

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Object Description

This cup is decorated with relief representations of Isis, Serapis and the Zodiac. On the exterior, Isis-Sothis seated on a dog, holding a torch and a cornucopia. Around the tondo, two bands of decoration - the twelve signs of the Zodiac (inner) and several god-busts and emblems (outer). On the interior, at the centre, a rectangular fish pond. Around it, a river god (Nile) with cornucopia, crocodile with a hawk's head, and two standing figures. The one on the left is hawk-headed with a double-horned crown, holding staff-like attributes. The other is a goddess with kithara and Isis crown. Below, a lotus flower and Isis-Demeter with a fringed dress, two ears of grain in her right hand, and her left possibly placed in her hair.

Provenance
Provenance
by 1980 -

Galerie Nefer (Geneva, Switzerland)

- 1983

Stefan Hornak (Simi Valley, California), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1983.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Remembering Antiquity: The Ancient World Through Medieval Eyes (January 24 to May 28, 2017)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), January 24 to May 28, 2017
Bibliography
Bibliography

Parlasca, Klaus. "Griechische und roemische Steinschaechlen aus Aegypten," Das Roemisch-byzantinische Aegyten. Akten des internationalen Symposions, September 26-30, 1978, in Trier. Mainz: P. von Zabern, 1983, p. 157; pl. 23, 1-2.

"Acquisitions/1983." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 12 (1984), p. 239, no. 35.

Tinh, Tran Tam. "Isis." In Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae V (1990), pp. 761-796, p. 787, no. 323 d (as on Zurich market).

Gury, Francoise. "Stellae." In Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae VIII (1997), pp. 1175-1183, p. 1180, no. 15; pl. 823.

Endreffy, Kata. "Gods on the Lotus Flower: Two Stone Dishes with Relief Decoration from Graeco-Roman Egypt." Bulletin du Musée Hongrois des Beaux-Arts 119 (2014), p. 49, figs. 5-6.