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Allegorical Group of Triumphant Ptolemy
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Allegorical Group of Triumphant Ptolemy


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Description Although the group seems to represent two wrestlers, the victor's diadem (headband) identifies him as a Ptolemaic king whose victim probably symbolizes unsuccessful Asian or native Egyptian resistance. The image of the triumphant king is inspired by a traditional Egyptian theme, but the naturalistic rendering of the bodies shows Greek influence. The interlocking figures and the pyramidal silhouette are distinctly Hellenistic.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
1/26/1976Treatmentcleaned
3/08/1982Loan Considerationexamined for loan
5/05/1988Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation
8/21/1989Examinationexamined for condition
8/22/1989Treatmentrepaired
3/08/1994Loan Considerationexamined for loan
3/11/2004Loan Considerationexamined for loan
10/14/2005Treatmentstabilized
Exhibitions
  • From Alexander to Cleopatra: Greek Art of the Hellenistic Age. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
  • Hellenistic Bronze Exchange with Staatliche Museen zu Berlin Preussischer Kulturbesitz. Staatliche Museen zu Berlin Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin. 1995-1996.
  • Ägypten Griechenland Rom: Abwehr und Berührung. Staedtische Galerie Liebieghaus, Frankfurt am Main. 2005-2006.
  • Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; San Diego Museum Of Art, San Diego; Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA), New York. 2009-2011.
  • Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World. 2016.
Provenance [From Kharbia, Lower Egypt]; Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1910-1915, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1910-1915

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Creator
Period
early 2nd century BC (?) (Hellenistic)
Medium
solid cast bronze, silver and gold inlay
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.1050
Measurements
H: 7 11/16 x W: 3 1/2 x D: 4 3/4 in. (19.5 x 8.9 x 12.1 cm). 4.49 lbs (2.036 kg)
Geography
  • Egypt, Kharbia (Place of Discovery)

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