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Ancient Art

Late Ptolemaic Queen in the Guise of the Goddess Isis

80–50 B.C.

Brown-black basalt

48.6 × 23.5 × 14 cm, 19.5 kg (19 1/8 × 9 1/4 × 5 1/2 in., 43 lb.)
Yale University Purchase Fund
Egyptian, Ptolemaic
Ptolemaic Period

ex-Mabel Scott Collection

Purchased by the Art Gallery from Mrs. Mabel Scott at the recommendation from Professor Ludlow Bull.


Michael I. Rostovtzeff, The Social and Economic History of the Hellenistic World, 1, 3 vols. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1941), 872, pl. 99, fig. 1–2.

Winifred Needler, “Some Ptolemaic Sculptures in the Yale University Art Gallery,” Berytus 9, no. 2 (1949): 129–141, Pl. 26, fig. 1, 2.

Bernard V. Bothmer and Elizabeth Riefstahl, Egyptian Sculpture of the Late Period, 700 B.C. to A.D. 100: The Brooklyn Museum, 1960 (New York: Brooklyn Museum of Art, 1960), 169–170, no. 130, pl. 121, fig. 324–326.

John F. X. McKeon, Elizabeth Riefstahl, and William Kelly Simpson, Bulletin in Memory of William Stevenson Smith (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1970), 244–59.

Helmut Kyrieleis, Bildnisse der Ptolemäer, 2 (Berlin: Mann, 1975), 119, 184, no. M 8, pl. 103, fig. 1, 2.

Gerry D. Scott, III, Ancient Egyptian Art at Yale, 1st (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1986), 168–69, no. 95, ill.

Robert S. Bianchi et al., Cleopatra’s Egypt: Age of the Ptolemies, exh. cat. (Brooklyn, N.Y.: Brooklyn Museum in association with Verlag Philipp von Zabern, 1988), 182, no. 74.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 259, ill.

Dominique Svenson, Darstellungen hellenistischer Könige mit Götterattributen (Frankfurt Germany: Archaologischen Studien, 1995), 87, 232, no. 113, pl. 38.

Sally-Ann Ashton, Ptolemaic Royal Sculpture from Egypt: The interaction between Greek and Egyptian Traditions (Oxford, England: Archaeopress, 2001), 108-9, no. 55.

Paul Edmund Stanwick, Portraits of the Ptolemies: Greek Kings as Egyptian Pharaohs (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2002), 75, 87, 118, no. D5, fig. 121–22.

Roberta Casagrande-Kim, ed., When Greeks Ruled Egypt: From Alexander the Great to Cleopatra, exh. cat. (Princeton, N.J.: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, 2014), 54–5, 97, no. 71, fig. 3-11.

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