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Berenike II, wife of Ptolemy III (246–221 B.C.)

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The nose is damaged, and the surfaces have a crusty brown patina. The lady wears her himation drawn up as a veil over her head, in the manner of a Hellenistic queen. It fits closely to her head, leaving only the hair over the forehead exposed. This hair is drawn back in tight groups of...

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By date unknown: with General Luigi Palma di Cesnola (from Cyprus); May 16, 1872: purchased by MFA from General Luigi Palma di Cesnola for $ 1,704.39 (this figure is the total price for MFA 72.1-72.473 and 72.4871-72.4900)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by subscription

Cypriote, Hellenistic, or perhaps Greco-Roman Period,

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 454; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 117 (additional published references).


12.7 cm (5 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Stone; limestone


The Ancient World