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Statue of a Ptolemaic Queen, perhaps Cleopatra VII

Ptolemaic Period
Ptolemaic Dynasty
200–30 B.C.
From Egypt
Dolomitic limestone
H. 62.5 cm (24 5/8 in.); W. 22 cm (8 11/16 in.); D. 15 cm (5 7/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Joseph W. Drexel, 1889
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
The statue represents a Ptolemaic queen holding a cornucopia. Attributes and dress point to a date in the second or first century B.C., and one recent study notes that details of the queen's hairstyle suggest identification with Cleopatra VII. However, the cartouche actually reading "Cleopatra" on this statue's arm would be a highly unusual occurrence, and is, moreover, incorrectly oriented, so that it is probably a modern addition.
Donated by Joseph W. Drexel, Philadelphia, 1889.

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