Head from a statue of a queen

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Death (ground floor), Kings case
Object Type
Sculpture, Statue
Graeco-Roman Period
Ptolemaic Period
Stone/minerals (Granite)
Height: 230mm | Width: 236mm
Number of Elements

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A black granite head from a life-size statue of an unidentified Ptolemaic queen. The lower face has been recut, with the nose area restored. The figure wears a wig with echeloned curls and a headband. On her forehead is the remains of a uraeus, which is now damaged. The back pillar support has been smoothed although it is void of any inscription. The remains of an unidentified sticker is present on the forehead. It was purchased by Wellcome in 1922 from the collection of the Reverend William MacGregor. Stylistically, the statue can been dated to the early Ptolemaic Period (Ashton 2001; Brophy 2015), and it is suggested that the queen depicted is either Berenice II or Arsinoe III.


Anonymous. 1996. The face of Egypt: Swansea Festival exhibition: 5 October 1996–5 January 1997. Swansea: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. [Cat. 16, numbered W835] Ashton, Sally.-Ann (2001) Ptolemaic royal sculpture from Egypt: the interaction between Greek and Egyptian traditions. BAR International Series 923. Oxford: Archaeopress. Brophy, Elizabeth (2015) Royal statues in Egypt 300 BC–AD 220: context and function. Archaeopress Egyptology 10. Oxford: Archaeopress. Malek, Jaromir 1999. Topographical bibliography of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic texts, statues, reliefs and paintings VIII: objects of provenance not known. Part 2: private statues (Dynasty XVIII to the Roman Period), statues of deities. Oxford: Griffith Institute, Ashmolean Museum. [p. 1012, nr. 801-809-195]