Ptolemaic Limestone Head of an Official


Ptolemaic Limestone Head of an Official

An ancient Ptolemaic Egyptian limestone male head of an official wearing a plain tripartite wig. The face has well-defined ears, full lips pursed into a slight smile, and a rounded chin.

Ptolemaic Period,
Ca. 3rd - 1st century BC.
Height: 7 in. (17.8 cm).

The Ptolemaic kings were Greeks who ruled in Egypt during the Hellenistic period. The Ptolemaic dynasty was the last dynasty of ancient Egypt, and was established in 305 BC, when one of Alexander the Great's generals, Ptolemy, became Ptolemy I of Egypt. Egyptian art during the Ptolemaic period reflects a combination of Egyptian traditions with forms and styles of Greek art.

Formerly in an American private collection; previously in the San Franciscanum museum, Israel, 1960s.

Inv#: 7206


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