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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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From Koptos. 1923: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty), reign of, 170–163 B.C., 145–116 B.C.

Object Place for Label


Koptos, Egypt


Height x width x depth: 524 x 458 x 378 cm (206 5/16 x 180 5/16 x 148 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Painted sandstone


The Ancient World


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