Category: ptolemaic

Seshat, depicted in a leopard skin, goddess …

Seshat,

depicted in a leopard skin, goddess of wisdom, knowledge, and is credited with inventing writing. She also became identified as the goddess of accounting, architecture, astronomy, astrology, building, mathematics, and surveying.

Detail from the walls of the Double Temple of Sobek and Haroeris, Kom Ombo, dated back to Ptolemaic Period, ca. 305-30 BC.

Sculpted head of a veiled woman Known as …

Sculpted head of a veiled woman

Known as La Dame d’Alexandrie, and similar to many Ptolemaic royal portraits, her identity has yet to be conclusively established. The hair is dressed in cork-screw curls beneath a veil. 

Greek marble. Ptolemaic Period, ca. 305-30 BC. Now in the Graeco-Roman Museum, Alexandria. Photo

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Cleopatra? Probably not

Cleopatra? Probably not

Carved from the hard purple and white stone porphyry, and with eyes originally inlaid with black and white glass, this burst can only be from an image of a royal person or god. The uraeus serpent brow identifies it as a royal depiction, while the long tripartite wing is worn by goddess. We are looking at the bust of a queen.

The serene style of the face is typical of the Ptolemaic and Roman periods, while porphyry was only used used for sculpture in the Roman period. Could this be the famous Cleopatra VII, last ruler of an independent Egypt before its conquest by Rome? Denya Bower, who acquired this piece in the 1950s, certainly thought so, and exhibited it as such. The odds are against it, however, she doesn’t resemble securely known images of Cleopatra VII. via reddit

Beautiful painted relief of the sacred eye o…

Beautiful painted relief of the sacred eye of Horus, detail from the ceiling of the outer hypostyle hall of the Temple of Hathor, Dendera.

Egyptian archaeologists find sandstone sphinx …

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Egyptian archaeologists draining water from a temple in the southern city of Aswan have uncovered a sandstone sphinx likely dating to the Ptolemaic era

The sandstone statue of Sphinx that was discovered in Kom Ombo Temple in upper Egypt is seen in this handout picture obtained on September 16, 2018. 
The sphinx, a mythical being with the head of a human and the body of a lion, was discovered at the Kom Ombo temple, where two engraved sandstone reliefs of King Ptolemy V had also recently been found.
Photo: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities/Handout via REUTERS

Mammisi (birth place) of Horus, Temple of Is…

Mammisi (birth place) of Horus, Temple of Isis at Philae

Portrait head of a late Ptolemaic ruler, pos…

Portrait head of a late Ptolemaic ruler, possibly Ptolemy IX Lathyros (marble). 

The head was broken across the forehead into three pieces or very bad cracks, which have been rejoined and filled in.

Ptolemaic Period, ca. 142-81 BC. Now in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Melted stairs in the Temple of Hathor, Dende…

Melted stairs in the Temple of Hathor, Dendera

The outer Hypostyle Hall in the Temple of Ha…

The outer Hypostyle Hall in the Temple of Hathor at Dendera

Columns of the Hypostyle Hall of the Temple …

Columns of the Hypostyle Hall of the Temple of Sobek and Haroeris, Kom Ombo