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Alexander the Great

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
Alexander conquered Egypt in 332 B.C.E. He fostered a connection between Greek and indigenous Egyptian cultures. His successors promoted Egyptian religion, including the making of animal mummies.

This posthumous statue was carved from an Egyptian stone in the Greek style that emphasizes motion by the twist of the head and neck.
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)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 54.162
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    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.
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