ITEM NO. M5062
$55,000
Full Screen Ptolemaic Marble Portrait Head of a Queen
 
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CIVILIZATION Egyptian
PERIOD Ptolemaic
DATE 3rd-2nd Century B.C.
MATERIAL Marble
MOUNTED Yes

Ptolemaic Marble Portrait Head of a Queen

Ptolemaic, 3rd-2nd Century B.C.

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Turned slightly to her left, her centrally parted hair freely worked and bound by a stephane, her nose with a slender bridge and small mouth with indented corners, the neck carved for insertion into a statue. The under life-size head represents a ruling member of the Ptolemaic dynasty, likely Queen Arsinoë III. The head is remarkable for the soft effect the sculptor achieved in the marble. And it is interesting to note that portrayals of the Ptolemaic rulers existed concurrently in dynastic Egyptian style and in Hellenistic style, as here.

Arsinoë III, (c. 235-204 B.C.), daughter of Berenice II and Ptolemy III, sister and wife of Ptolemy IV, ruled Egypt as King and Queen. In 217 B.C., as virtual co-regent, Arsinoë commanded her own battalion at the Battle of Raphia at Palestine against Antiochus the Great. When the battle seemed lost, she appeared before her troops and urged them to fight on, promising payment in gold. This turned the tide and the Ptolemaic army won its victory.

Soon after Ptolemy IV's death by insurgents, his m

*Item location: New York, USA

Turned slightly to her left, her centrally parted hair freely worked and bound by a stephane, her nose with a slender bridge and small mouth with indented corners, the neck carved for insertion into a statue. The under life-size head represents a ruling member of the Ptolemaic dynasty, likely Queen Arsinoë III. The head is remarkable for the soft effect the sculptor achieved in the marble. And it is interesting to note that portrayals of the Ptolemaic rulers existed concurrently in dynastic Egyptian style and in Hellenistic style, as here.

Arsinoë III, (c. 235-204 B.C.), daughter of Berenice II and Ptolemy III, sister and wife of Ptolemy IV, ruled Egypt as King and Queen. In 217 B.C., as virtual co-regent, Arsinoë commanded her own battalion at the Battle of Raphia at Palestine against Antiochus the Great. When the battle seemed lost, she appeared before her troops and urged them to fight on, promising payment in gold. This turned the tide and the Ptolemaic army won its victory.

Soon after Ptolemy IV's death by insurgents, his ministers feared retribution from Arsinoë and arranged for her murder. Much beloved by the public, rioting and unrest followed the news of her assassination. Her son, Ptolemy V ruled as a child, under a succession of regents, and as an adult from 204-181 B.C.

Not until nearly two hundred years later, when Augustus fought Cleopatra and Mark Antony, did a foreign power threaten Egypt.

inisters feared retribution from Arsinoë and arranged for her murder. Much beloved by the public, rioting and unrest followed the news of her assassination. Her son, Ptolemy V ruled as a child, under a succession of regents, and as an adult from 204-181 B.C.

Not until nearly two hundred years later, when Augustus fought Cleopatra and Mark Antony, did a foreign power threaten Egypt.

Height: 9 3/10" (23.5cm)
Condition:
Restoration to the nose and minor abrasion restoration at the chin, with wear throughout consistent with age.
Provenance:

European Collection, ca. 18th century
Private Paris collection, acquired in Paris art market in the 1980s
Exhibited TEFAF, New York, October 27-31, 2018
Art Loss Register, no. S00132694

Bibliography:

Yale University Art Gallery, inv. 1998.23.10
Altes Museum, Berlin
Museo Civico di Palazzo Te, Mantua
Sotheby’s, New York, December 12th-13th, 1991, no. 71

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CATEGORY Egyptian
PERIOD Ptolemaic
DATE 3rd-2nd Century B.C.
MATERIAL
MOUNTED Yes
 
 
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