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Ptolemaic Prince

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
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.
MEDIUM Quartzite
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES 51-30 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Late Ptolemaic Period
    DIMENSIONS 12 1/2 x 5 5/16 x 3 3/8 in. (31.8 x 13.5 x 8.5 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 54.117
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION 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)
    IMAGE front, 54.117_front_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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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