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Head of a goddess or queen

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On iconographic grounds, this life-size female head has been considered a portrait of the Ptolemaic queen Arsinoe II (316-270 B.C.) or an image of a goddess, such as Artemis or Aphrodite. The wavy hair is parted in the center and encircled twice by a fillet (ribbon). Long, thin eyebrows frame...

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Provenance

By 1892: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection (according to W. Frohner, La Collection Tyszkiewicz, p. 39: trouvé en Égypte); by 1896: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Said to have been found in Egypt at Memphis.); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, October 1896

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund

Greek, Ptolemaic, Hellenistic Period, about 300–270 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 087; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 119-120 (additional published references); Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 167.

Dimensions

Height: 25.5 cm (10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

96.712

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture