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Head of a royal statue (Ptolemy II ?)

In the absence of inscriptions, only style can help us to identify and date this fragment. Hellenistic pharaohs had themselves depicted both in Greek-style portraits of marble or metal and in classical Egyptian-style statues sculpted in the traditional rocks of pharaonic sculpture. The Egyptian-style portraits of the first Ptolemies are inspired by the statues of the last century of the Late Period. They are characterized by a smooth surface, elongated eyes placed high up on the face, horizontal eyebrows, an elongated face, full cheeks, and a hint of a smile.

Cat. 1396
Stone / quartzite
33 x 28 x 28.2 cm
332–30 BCE
Ptolemaic Period
Ptolemy II
Unknown
Acquired before 1882
Sala 11 Vetrina 09
  • Seipel, Wilfried, Gott Mensch Pharao: viertausend Jahre Menschenbild in der Skulptur des alten Ägypten: Künstlerhaus 25. Mai bis 4. Oktober 1992, Wien 1992, pp. 414-415
    Tipo=Opere biblioteca SottoTipo=Monografia o Opere Autore=Seipel, Wilfried Titolo=Gott Mensch Pharao: viertausend Jahre Menschenbild in der Skulptur des alten Ägypten: Künstlerhaus 25. Mai bis 4. Oktober 1992 Sottotiolo= In= Collana= Opera= Luogo=Wien Anno=1992 Menzionato=pp. 414-415 Illustrazione=
  • Stanwick, Paul Edmund, Egyptian royal sculptures of the Ptolemaic period: Dissertation for the degree of Ph.D, Institut of Fine Arts New York Univ., Ann Arbor 1999, pp. 374-375, pl. 43
    Tipo=Monografia SottoTipo=Monografia o Opere Autore=Stanwick, Paul Edmund Titolo=Egyptian royal sculptures of the Ptolemaic period: Dissertation for the degree of Ph.D, Institut of Fine Arts New York Univ. Sottotiolo= In= Collana= Opera= Luogo=Ann Arbor Anno=1999 Menzionato=pp. 374-375 Illustrazione=pl. 43
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