Statue of a Ptolemaic Queen, perhaps Cleopatra…

Statue of a Ptolemaic Queen, perhaps Cleopatra VII

The statue represents a Ptolemaic queen holding a cornucopia. Attributes and dress point to a date in the second or first century BC., and one recent study notes that details of the queen’s hairstyle suggest identification with Cleopatra VII. However, the cartouche actually reading “Cleopatra” on this statue’s arm would be a highly unusual occurrence, and is, moreover, incorrectly oriented, so that it is probably a modern addition.

Dolomitic limestone. Ptolemaic Period, ca. 305-30 BC. Now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.