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Bust of a pharaoh

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This head is a sculptor's model of the Ptolemaic Period. It would have guided artists on how the official image of the king, probably of Ptolemy I or II should be rendered. Typical of the period, and particularly these models, are the idealizing features consisting of precisely carved, straight...

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By the 1960's or 1970's: collection of Mrs. France Lucas, Geneva, Switzerland; June, 2000: acquired by Mr. Alan Parker at Sotheby's Antiquities Sale NY7489, New York, Lot 199.

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Museum purchase with funds from the Norma Jean and Stanford Calderwood Discretionary Fund, Norma Jean Calderwood Acquisition Fund, Egyptian Curator's Fund, Brian J. Brille Acquisition Fund for Ancient Egyptian Art, Miguel and Barbara de Bragança Fund, Mary E. Moore Gift, MFA Senior Associates and MFA Associates Fund for Egyptian Acquisitions, Barbara W. and Joanne A. Herman Fund for Egyptian Acquisitions, and the Ernest Kahn Fund

Egyptian, Hellenistic Period (early Ptolemaic Dynasty), 304–246 B.C.


Height x width x depth: 21.6 x 17.1 x 10.8 cm (8 1/2 x 6 3/4 x 4 1/4 in.) Lender accessory: 2.5 x 18.5 x 9.5 cm (1 x 7 5/16 x 3 3/4 in.)

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The Ancient World