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Head of a Queen, Perhaps Cleopatra II or Cleopatra III
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Head of a Queen, Perhaps Cleopatra II or Cleopatra III


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Description Shown wearing a heavy wig composed of tiers of "corkscrew" curls, the queen also has a headband with a coiled uraeus serpent above her brow. Of the seven Ptolemaic queens named Cleopatra (the last being the Cleopatra associated with Julius Caesar and Marc Antony), this head may represent Cleopatra II or her daughter, Cleopatra III, both of whom lived in the 2nd century BCE. The facial features are more individualized, reflecting the Greek influence of the Ptolemaic royal court.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
10/18/1998Examinationsurvey
6/02/2000Examinationexamined for exhibition
Exhibitions
  • From Alexander to Cleopatra: Greek Art of the Hellenistic Age. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1928, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1928

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Period
ca. 140-120 BCE (Ptolemaic)
Medium
limestone
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
22.407
Measurements
9 3/4 x 7 x 8 7/8 in. (24.7 x 17.8 x 22.5 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)

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