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Ptolemaic Prince

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

The diadem surmounted by a uraeus, or hooded cobra, marks this sculpture as a royal representation. The absence of one of the more familiar royal headresses or crowns, as well as the youthful features of the face, suggests that the man is a prince, a younger member of the royal family.

Inlaid eyes are fairly common in sculpture of the late Ptolemaic Period. The naturalistic fringe of curls on the forehead is an Egyptian rendering of a characteristically Hellenistic feature. The fact that the back pillar is uninscribed may mean that the sculpture was never finished.

MEDIUM Quartzite
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES 50-30 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)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 54.117
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Ptolemaic Prince, 50-30 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
    IMAGE x-ray, detail, CONS.54.117_1983_xrs_detail01.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 1983
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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.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (91%)
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