DATE: 3RD CENTURY BC (PTOLEMAIC PERIOD).
PROVENANCE: EX: NYC PRIVATE COLLECTION.
CONDITION: COMPLETE, RESTORED FROM TWO PIECES, MOUNTED ON A CUSTOM BASE.
MEASUREMENTS: 1.25 INCHES (3.2 CMS).
Featuring the head of a queen or goddess, perhaps Bernike II, wife of Ptolemy III, her ideal face with straight nose and large almond shaped eyes, her hair parted in the center and swept back and tied in a bun like. Hollow on the inside.
CF: For a closely similar head, see lot 182, Sothebys New York, Antiquities and Islamic Art Auction, 14 December 1993, see also, Cleopatra's Egypt, no. 68.