Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Decorative attachment in the form of a head wearing an elephant headdress

Period:
Ptolemaic or Roman Period
Date:
200 B.C.–A.D. 100
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 5 cm (1 15/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
26.7.1430
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 137
The elephant headdress was associated with Alexander the Great because of his conquest of India. It also appears on images of his Ptolemaic successors and in the Roman Period on female personifications of Alexandria on coins.
Acquired by Lord Carnarvon (d. 1923) in Cairo. Carnarvon Collection purchased by the Museum from Lady Carnarvon, 1926.

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