Relief Fragment of a King

1973.4.112

On display

Limestone fragment of raised relief carving representing a male Ptolemaic ruler's face looking left wearing a uraeus on his forehead. The small straight beard, high contours of relief and the uraeus coil are thought to be indicative of a date after Ptolemy II. There are traces of red paint on the face. It is likely to have been cut from a temple wall, although it has also been suggested this was a trial piece.