Faience head of a Ptolemaic queen: this beautifully modelled head has large eyes, a long, aquiline nose and prominent Venus rings around the neck. The hair is arranged in a melon coiffure, over which is worn a floral wreath, pendants and earrings. The facial features are so closely parallelled with portraits on faience 'oinochoai' (jugs) and coins showing Arsinoe II as to make identification with that queen likely. The aquamarine colour of the faience was enhanced by the addition of other coloured decoration. The eyebrows, and perhaps even the hair, were painted yellow or gold; the wreath may also have been gilded. There is a dark colour on the eyeballs, and a line over the lids. The lips were probably also painted, although no pigment survives.
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