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Face attributed to Ptolemy II Philadelphos or a contemporary

Period:
Ptolemaic Period
Dynasty:
Ptolemaic Dynasty
Reign:
reign of Ptolemy II Philadelphos
Date:
285–246 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Heliopolis (Ain Shams), Near the obelisk, Petrie
Medium:
Diabase
Dimensions:
H. 15.9 cm (6 1/4 in); w. 11.4 cm (4 1/2 in); d. 8.3 cm (3 1/4 in)
Credit Line:
Gift of The Egyptian Research Account and British School of Archaeology in Egypt, 1912
Accession Number:
12.187.31
  • Description

    This very fine fragment from a large statue is attributed to the pharaoh Ptolemy II, or perhaps Ptolemy III, or possibly to a high official of those reigns. Unlike portraits of the 30th dynasty pharaohs and early Ptolemaic royal portraits that continue in that vein, the face shows rounded eyes, fleshy cheeks over suppressed bone structure, a broad mouth, and a knobby chin, features that may reflect early influence of Hellenistic art on Egyptian.
    The face was excavated at Heliopolis.

  • Provenance

    Excavated by Petrie at Heliopolis with the sponsorship of the Egyptian Research Account and the British School of Archaeology in Egypt. Acquired in the division of finds. Given by the ERA and the BSAE to the Museum for its contribution to the excavations, 1912.

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