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One of the most colorful figures in Ptolemaic history was Ptolemy VIII, known familiarly as Physkon, “Fatso.” He married both his sister, Cleopatra II, and her daughter, Cleopatra III, an arrangement that did not foster family harmony. He scandalized the Romans by his ostentatious display...

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Provenance

From Koptos. May-June 1923: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1924: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Hellenistic (Ptolemaic) Period, reign of Ptloemy VIII, 170–116 B.C.

Object Place for Label

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Koptos, Egypt

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 544 x 458 x 378 cm (214 3/16 x 180 5/16 x 148 13/16 in.) Typical block: H. 18 7/8 (H. 48cm)

Accession Number

24.1632

Medium or Technique

Painted sandstone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements