Faience head of Arsinoe II

From Naukratis, Egypt, 3rd century BC

A Ptolemaic queen

This small faience head of a woman has a melon coiffure and wears a floral wreath, pendants and earrings. The features of the beautifully modelled head are so closely parallelled in portraits on faience oinochoai and coins that it is possible to identify it as a portrait of the Ptolemaic Queen of Egypt, Arsinoe II (reigned 278-270 BC), wife and sister of Ptolemy II Philadelphos.

From the time of Ptolemy II (285-246 BC) onwards, the Hellenistic Greek rulers of Egypt were worshipped as deities in their own lifetimes. This portrait head probably belonged to a statuette of the Queen that was once dedicated at a sanctuary in her honour.

Find in the collection online

Faience head of Arsinoe II

Faience head of Arsinoe II From Naukratis, Egypt, 3rd century BC

 

More information

Bibliography

Dimensions

Height: 6.000 cm

Museum number

GR 1888.6-1.38 (Vases K 7)

GAA8240

Location

Find in the collection online



Search highlights

There are over 4,000 highlight objects to explore