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This prince, perhaps the son of Cleopatra VII and Julius Caesar, lived during the transition from Ptolemaic Greek to Roman rule in Egypt around 30 B.C.E. From surviving historical accounts, we know that Roman emperors, as heads of state, continued to encourage Egyptian religion, regardless of negative Roman views of animal worship and mummy making.
Late Ptolemaic Period
12 1/2 x 5 5/16 x 3 3/8 in. (31.8 x 13.5 x 8.5 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Ptolemaic Prince, 51-30 B.C.E. Quartzite, 12 1/2 x 5 5/16 x 3 3/8 in. (31.8 x 13.5 x 8.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 54.117. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 54.117_front_PS2.jpg)
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Statue of a late Egyptian kinglet, standing, arms by sides with hands clenched holding cylinders; traditional kilt with plain belt. Hair represented in naturalistic Roman style and encircled by narrow diadem, with uraeus; eyes originally inlaid. Uninscribed rear pillar.
May represent one of the sons of Cleopatra.
Condition: Sculpture broken across thighs with lower section lost. Minor chips. Eyes lost. Nose Broken.
Stanwick, Paul E. "Egyptian Royal Sculptures of the Ptolemaic period", New York University, (1999): pp. 231-232, 309, 314, 316-317, 505-506, xxi, Plate. 125, Catologue #. F8
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