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Ring with Busts of Serapis and Isis

Serapis, a new god created by Greek rulers in Egypt, was often worshipped with Isis, a traditional Egyptian goddess. The popularity of these two deities continued when the Romans conquered Egypt, and their veneration spread throughout the Roman Empire. This ring incorporated both of their images and must have been worn by a member of their joint cult.

Ring with Busts of Serapis and Isis
Imperial period, 1st century BC–1st century AD
Gold, garnet
Diam. 7/8 in. (2.2 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 76.72.5