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Bust of Roman Nobleman

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor

This head, which was made for insertion into a bust carved in another stone, represents a highranking Roman official. Some scholars have suggested that the subject is Cleopatra's lover, Marc Anthony, but that identification is uncertain. However, the fine-grained green Egyptian stone, which was popular with the Romans, and the naturalistic style, which reflects classical Greek statuary, indicate that the man represented here was at least a contemporary of the Egyptian queen and her Roman lover.

CULTURE Ptolemaic
MEDIUM Graywacke
  • Reportedly From: Alexandria, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 30 B.C.E.– 50 C.E.
    PERIOD Late Ptolemaic–early Roman Period
    DIMENSIONS 9 x 4 1/4 x 5 in. (22.9 x 10.8 x 12.7 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 54.51
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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    CAPTION Ptolemaic. Bust of Roman Nobleman, ca. 30 B.C.E.– 50 C.E. Graywacke, 9 x 4 1/4 x 5 in. (22.9 x 10.8 x 12.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 54.51. Creative Commons-BY
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