- Museum number
The portrait is of a woman wearing a headdress in the Egyptian style in the form of a solar disc and cow's horns resting on ears of corn. The hair is arranged in thick, corkscrew locks, a style worn by queens of the late third to early second century BC (Berenike II and Cleopatra I). She wears a plain necklace of beads. The facial features have been slightly disfigured because the bezel has been squashed, but the subject has a long, straight nose, quite thick lips and a small, pointed chin.
- Production date
3rdC BC-2ndC BC
late 3rd century BC - early 2nd century BC
Diameter: 1.80 millimetres (inner)
Length: 1.80 centimetres (bezel)
Length: 2.10 centimetres (bezel)
Weight: 3.11 grammes
- Curator's comments
- Walkers & Higgs 2001
These characteristics compare well with coin portraits of Cleopatra I (193-176 BC).
- On display (G22/dc8)
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number