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Head of a Ptolemaic King (?)

Object Details

Title:

Head of a Ptolemaic King (?)

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Greek

Place:

Alexandria, Egypt (Place Created)

Date:

after 2nd century B.C.

Medium:

Asia Minor marble

Object Number:

83.AA.313.a

Dimensions:

17.5 × 10.4 × 11 cm (6 7/8 × 4 1/8 × 4 5/16 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of Stefan Hornak

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Object Description

A male(?) head with sharply angular features. The face is thin with deep set eyes and a small, pursed mouth with a hint of an overbite. The nose projects from the forehead in a nearly straight diagonal line. The tendons in the neck are rendered with a particular prominence. Only the front of the hair is articulated, rendered in waves pulled back from the head; the rest is roughly worked. The figure wears a diadem. The marble is dark gray with a yellow patina.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1983

Stefan Hornak (Simi Valley, California), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1983.

Bibliography
Bibliography

"Acquisitions/1983." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 12 (1984), p. 236, no. 17.

Frel, Jiří. "The Portraits of Demetrios Polioketes by Lysippos and Teisikrates." In Studia Varia (Rome: Bretschneider, 1994), "Some Ptolemies," pp. 99-104, viz. pp. 101-102, no. 4, figs. 87-88.