Alexander the Great
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Gallery, 4th Floor
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.
100 B.C.E. – 100 C.E.
Late Period to Roman Period
3 1/2 x 2 x 1 1/2 in. (8.9 x 5.1 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum (Gavin Ashworth,er), 54.162_edited_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg)
overall, 54.162_edited_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012
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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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