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Cameo with a portrait head of a Ptolemaic queen

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Watered gray layered onyx. Cameo, in modern gold mount. Head of a queen in the Greco-Egyptian Ptolemaic dynasty, wearing the cap of vulture's feathers and diadem, pharaonic insignia common to Egyptian royal women. She wears her hair in formal corkscrew curls on her brow. The background is...

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Provenance

By date unknown: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection (said by him that a man had brought it to Sambon of Naples); 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, lot 302; by date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren; November 21, 1923: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,948.27 (this figure is the total purchase price for MFA 23.576-23.594)

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912

Greek, Ptolemaic, Hellenistic Period, 2nd–1st century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Lewes House Gems, no. 127 (1920; 2002, additional published references).

Dimensions

Height x width: 4.9 x 4 cm (1 15/16 x 1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

23.592

Medium or Technique

Sardonyx

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Cameos