Height: 64.000 cm
Width: 66.000 cm
Ancient Egypt and Sudan
Fragment of a basalt Egyptian-style statue of Ptolemy I
Ptolemaic, 305-283 BC
Founder of the Ptolemaic dynasty
The founder of the Ptolemaic dynasty ruled Egypt as Ptolemy I Soter ('Saviour') with his sister-wife, Berenike I, until his death in 283 BC. At his death he left a very prosperous kingdom. He also founded the Museum (Mouseion), a cultural centre for scholars and artists, and established the famous library at Alexandria.
It is said that this sculpture was found in the lining of a well in the Nile Delta. It was acquired by the British Museum with a number of other objects, but unfortunately the site was not named and it has been suggested that the story of its discovery was fabricated to increase interest in the piece.
S. Walker and P. Higgs, Cleopatra of Egypt: from histo (London, The British Museum Press, 2001)
E.A.W. Budge, Egyptian sculpture in the Brit (London, 1914)