Alexander the Great
This statuette's three-quarters view, forceful stare, parted lips, and hairstyle—particularly the locks swept up off the forehead—are typical of many Hellenistic images of Alexander the Great, who took over Egypt in 332 B.C. The small holes evenly spaced around the head probably received spikes of gold depicting the diadem of the Hellenistic sun god Helios, with whom Alexander was identified.
- Medium: marble
- Reportedly From: Egypt
- Dates: 100 B.C.E. – 100 C.E.
- Period: Late Period to Roman Period
- Dimensions: 3 1/2 x 2 x 1 1/2 in. (8.9 x 5.1 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 54.162
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Alexander the Great, 100 B.C.E. – 100 C.E. marble, 3 1/2 x 2 x 1 1/2 in. (8.9 x 5.1 x 3.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 54.162. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Head, torso and upper right arm from a composite (?) statuette of Alexander the Great in alabaster. Head twisted to left and originally furnished with metal diadem (drill holes in head) terminating in single strand on right shoulder. Preserved portion probably made as separate unit. Perhaps based on original by Lysippus. Condition: Diadem lost. A few minute chips.
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)