Artist unknown / Boss with Head of Oceanus / 1st century - 2nd centuryArtist unknown
Boss with Head of Oceanus
1st century - 2nd century

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Roman
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Boss with Head of Oceanus
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1
Creation End Date: 199
Creation Date: 1st century - 2nd century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Bronze
Materials and Techniques: bronze with silver and copper inlays on nose, cheeks and forehead
Dimensions: D.4-1/4 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 61.58
Credit Line: The Lillian Z. Turnblad Memorial Fund

This bronze medallion depicts the bearded head of Oceanus, the god of the river which the ancients believed surrounded the earth and was the source of all waters. A boss served as an ornamental attachment to a piece of domestic or religious furniture. There are remnants of silver and copper inlays on the god's eyes, cheeks, nose and forehead. Various sea creatures dive in and out of his flowing beard, while two dolphins on his head function as a crown. Oceanus is set against a background of scales, in reference to the tradition that he had a human head and a fish's body.

AMICA ID: MIA_.61.58
Component Measured: diameter only
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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