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Head of Ptolemy III

Object Details


Head of Ptolemy III




Greek (Ptolemaic)


Egypt (Place Created)


246–222 B.C.



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16.8 × 9.1 × 11 cm (6 5/8 × 3 9/16 × 4 5/16 in.)

Credit Line:

Anonymous gift in the name of the Antikenmuseum, Basel

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Object Description

Head of a small statuette portraying Ptolemy III Euergetes (246-221 B.C) in the manner accustomed for Alexander the Great - beardless, short haired and with the head rotated to the side and a slightly upraised chin. Twelve holes are visible around the hairline for the fitting of a diadem.

by 1975 -

Heinz Herzer (Munich, Germany)

- 1978

Private Collection, donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1978.

Hellenistic Art from the Collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum (January 25 to August 15, 2001)
  • Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum, California State University, San Bernardino, January 25 to August 15, 2001

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Frel, Jiří. "The Portraits of Demetrios Polioketes by Lysippos and Teisikrates." In Studia Varia (Rome: Bretschneider, 1994), "Some Ptolemies," pp. 99-104, viz. p. 101, no. 3.

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