Ptolemaic Limestone Head of a King


Ptolemaic Limestone Head of a King

An ancient Ptolemaic Egyptian limestone head of a king wearing the royal striped nemes headdress with a uraeus.

Ptolemaic period.
Ca. 300-30 BC.
Height: 9 1/2 in. (24 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. The early Ptolemies visually emphasized their role as traditional Egyptian kings through stylistic continuities.

Cf. Metropolitan Museum of Art inv. no. 41.6.1

Formerly in a New York private collection, since the 1940s.

Inv#: 7325


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