Plaque with Greek dedication to Isis, Serapis and Apollo by Komon for the benefit of Ptolemy IV and V

Period: Ptolemaic Period

Dynasty: Ptolemaic Dynasty

Reign: reign of Ptolemy IV-V Coregency

Date: 210–204 B.C.

Geography: From Egypt

Medium: Marble

Dimensions: L. 27.9 cm (11 in.); H. 17.5 cm (6 7/8 in.); Th. 5.1 cm (2 in.)

Credit Line: Gift of Joseph W. Drexel, 1889

Accession Number: 89.2.652


The votive inscription is in Greek and reads: “In behalf of king Ptolemy, the great god, Philopator, savior and winner of victory, and his son Ptolemy, to Isis, Sarapis, Apollon, Komon son of Asklepiades, treasurer at Naukratis [has dedicated this].” The plaque was dedicated sometime between 209 B.C, when Ptolemy V Epiphanes, the son of Ptolemy IV Philopator, was born, and 204 B.C., the year of his father’s death. It was probably deposited at a temple to accompany an offering made to the gods Isis, Sarapis, and Apollo for the well-being of the royal family.