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Alexander the Great

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd 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.

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)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 54.162
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION 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
    IMAGE overall, 54.162_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012
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    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.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (91%)
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