Bronze finger-ring bezel with a relief portrait: the surface of  is corroded and the hoop is missing. The ring has a bust of a woman in profile.She wears a diadem and may be a Ptolemaic queen, perhaps Berenike II or Arsinoe II. She has her hair arranged in the so-called melon coiffure, a hairstyle often associated with the Ptolemaic dynasty and members of their court. Tests of the metal content of the two rings have shown that there is an abnormally high tin content. This may have been added to give an extra shine to the bronze, which, when first made, would have almost imitated gold.

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1917,0501.1267

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Bronze finger-ring bezel with a relief portrait: the surface of is corroded and the hoop is missing. The ring has a bust of a woman in profile.She wears a diadem and may be a Ptolemaic queen, perhaps Berenike II or Arsinoe II. She has her hair arranged in the so-called melon coiffure, a hairstyle often associated with the Ptolemaic dynasty and members of their court. Tests of the metal content of the two rings have shown that there is an abnormally high tin content. This may have been added to give an extra shine to the bronze, which, when first made, would have almost imitated gold.

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  • Bronze finger-ring bezel with a relief portrait: the surface of  is corroded and the hoop is missing. The ring has a bust of a woman in profile.She wears a diadem and may be a Ptolemaic queen, perhaps Berenike II or Arsinoe II. She has her hair arranged in the so-called melon coiffure, a hairstyle often associated with the Ptolemaic dynasty and members of their court. Tests of the metal content of the two rings have shown that there is an abnormally high tin content. This may have been added to give an extra shine to the bronze, which, when first made, would have almost imitated gold.

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  • Bronze finger-ring bezel with a relief portrait.  A woman, perhaps Berenike II or Arsinoe II, to left, draped and wearing a diadem.

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