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Ancient Art

Portrait head of Ptolemy VIII

mid-late 2nd century B.C.


9 1/2 × 7 × 6 in. (24.1 × 17.8 × 15.2 cm)
mount: 11/16 × 2 3/8 × 2 3/8 in. (1.8 × 6 × 6.1 cm)
Ruth Elizabeth White Fund
On view

Dikran Kelekian (1868–1951), New York, 1947 (Inventory no. 4671); with Charles D. Kelekian (1900–1982), New York; Constance (1905–2002) and Edgar P. Richardson (1902-1985), Philadelphia, acquired from the above, 1968; The Collection of Constance and the l


R. R. R. Smith, Hellenistic Royal Portraits (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988), 167, no. 58, fig. pl. 39, 3,4.

Susan Walker and Peter Higgs, Cleopatra of Egypt: From History to Myth, exh. cat. (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2001), 54–5, no. 21, ill.

Sally-Ann Ashton, Ptolemaic Royal Sculpture from Egypt: the interaction between Greek and Egyptian traditions (Oxford, England: Archaeopress, 2001), 55, Appendix 1.4.

Paul Edmund Stanwick, Portraits of the Ptolemies: Greek Kings as Egyptian Pharaohs (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2002), 229, Jacket cover, as Ptolemy VIII, fig. 258–59.

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), 96, no. 63.

“Acquisitions July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018,” https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/bulletin/Pub-Bull-acquisitions-2018.pdf (accessed December 1, 2018).

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.