Friday, August 27, 2010

Photo for Today - Head of a Queen

Copyright Rick Menges, with my thanks for
both the photo and the caption

(Left) (No written description available)

(Right) Head of a Queen, Perhaps Cleopatra II or Cleopatra III
Artist: Anonymous (Egyptian)
Date (Period): ca. 140-120 BC (Greco-Roman)
Medium: limestone
Measurements: 9 3/4 x 7 x 8 7/8 in. (24.7 x 17.8 x 22.5 cm)
Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

Item Description:
Shown wearing a heavy wig composed of tiers of "corkscrew" curls, the queen also has a headband with a coiled uraeus serpent above her brow. Of the seven Ptolemaic queens named Cleopatra (the last being the Cleopatra associated with Julius Caesar and Marc Antony), this head may represent Cleopatra II or her daughter, Cleopatra III, both of whom lived in the 2nd century BC. The facial features are more individualized, reflecting the Greek influence of the Ptolemaic royal court.

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