Egyptian / Arsinoe II / after 270 B.C.E.Egyptian
Arsinoe II
after 270 B.C.E.

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Creator Nationality: African; North African; Egyptian
Creator Name-CRT: Egyptian
Title: Arsinoe II
Title Type: Object name
View: Side View
Creation Start Date: 580
Creation End Date: 620
Creation Date: after 270 B.C.E.
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Statues
Materials and Techniques: Limestone with traces of gilding and paint
Dimensions: H. 15 in. (38.1 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 20.2.21
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1920

Since the inscription on the back of this figure refers to Arsinoe II as a goddess, it was probably made after her death in 270 B.C. when her cult was established by her brother and husband, Ptolemy II. The queen stands in a traditional Egyptian pose, strictly frontal, with her left foot advanced and right arm, hand clenched, at her side. The statuette is a fine example of the tendency during the Ptolemaic Period to combine Egyptian artistic conventions with those of the classical world. The style of her wig and the cornucopia (a divine attribute) she holds are Greek elements, but her stylized features and garments and the back pillar are well-established Egyptian conventions of the period.

AMICA ID: MMA_.20.2.21
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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