Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Arsinoe II, Ptolemaic Period, after 270 b.c.
    Egyptian
    Limestone with traces of gilding and paint; H. 15 in. (38.1 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1920 (20.2.21)

    In traditional Egyptian manner, the queen stands in a striding pose against a back pillar, at the same time as her representation incorporates Hellenistic elements like the hairstyle and cornucopia, a Greek symbol for divinity.

    Since the inscription on the back of this figure refers to Arsinoe II as a goddess, it was probably made after her death in 270 B.C. when her cult was established by her brother and husband Ptolemy II, the forerunner of a phenomenon that is distinctive to the Ptolemaic dynasty. Indeed, stylistic considerations suggest a considerably later date for this statuette, in the second half of the second century B.C., reflecting the continuing importance of the cults of Arsinoe II and other Ptolemaic queens.

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  • Arsinoe II, Ptolemaic Period, after 270 B.C.
    Egyptian
    Limestone with traces of gilding and paint; H. 15 in. (38.1 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1920 (20.2.21)

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