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Portrait of Ptolemy IV Philopator

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The end of the chin is broken off, and there is other, minor damage, in the hair, on the edges of the ears, and to the tip of the nose. The neck is preserved completely, the bottom being a worked surface slanting forward slightly. Three large holes have been drilled in each cheek in a line from...

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By date unknown: said to have been found near Hadra (ancient Eleusis near Alexandria); by 1901: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Alexandria.); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Hellenistic Period, about 222–205 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 129; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 110 (additional published references).


Height: 27.5cm (10 13/16 in.); length (of face): 15 cm ( 5 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble probably from the Greek island of Paros


The Ancient World