Greek Marble Portrait of a Ptolemaic King


Greek Marble Portrait of a Ptolemaic King

An ancient Hellenistic Greek marble portrait head of a Ptolemaic King, probably representing Ptolemy X Alexander, with deep set eyes and wispy curls beneath a garland wreath.

Ca. 116-88 BC.
Height: 8 1/2 in. (21.5 cm).

Ptolemy IX (Lathyros) battled with his brother Ptolemy X (Alexander) for control of Egypt. Ptolemy X was defeated and killed in Cyprus in 88 BC. Very few portraits can be accurately identified with these late Ptolemaic rulers.

cf.: Ägyptisches Museum/Altes Museum, Berlin, inv. no. 14079.

Formerly in a French private collection, acquired in the 1970's or earlier.

Inv#: 6056


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