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Archeological Object

Head of a ptolemaic king

Head of a ptolemaic king

Head of a statue with real dimensions depicting a ptolemaic king, perhaps Ptolemy II. The king wears the nemes, held in place on the forehead by a band in relief and decorated with the uraeus, which lacks the central body. The headdress is decorated with alternating shiny stripes and opaque stripes, obtained by the technique of stippling which imitates the characteristic coloured lines of the nemes. It ended on the shoulder with a tail, now missing. Despite the gap in the middle of the face you can see the slightly raised mouth corners that smile faintly.

Further information
Identificazione (Label is not translated)
  Inventory number: inv. 183
Precedenti_localizzazioni (Label is not translated)
  Provenance: Unknown
Place of discovery
  Place of discovery:


  Definizione: Statue/head
  Class and ware: Sculpture
  Title or subject:

Head of a ptolemaic king

Cronologia (Label is not translated)
  Period: Ptolemaic period
Dati_tecnici (Label is not translated)
  Material: Black shale
  Height: 29
  Varie: Conservation status: discreet. Missing part of the nose and the uraeus; the outer flaps of nemes are chipped. Missing the whole part of the neck.

1983, Donatelli L., “La raccolta egizia di Giuseppe Acerbi”, Mantova, p. 46