Category: ptolemaic


Ancient Egyptian faience sistrum (rattle) inscribed with the name of Ptolemy I Soter (r. 305-282 BCE).  Now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Pharaoh Ptolemy XII Auletes.

Arsinoe II

Twins of Mark Antony and Cleopatra Philopator, Cleopatra Selene and Alexander Helios


Ancient Egyptian faience amulet depicting a horned deity (Khnum?)  Artist unknown; ca. 664-30 BCE (Late Period or Ptolemaic).  Now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


View of the Ptolemaic Temple of Khnum, Esna


~ Amulet of Isis.

Period: Ptolemaic-Roman Period

Date: 332 B.C. – A.D. 395

Place of origin: Egypt

Medium: Glass


Egypt displayed a gilded ancient coffin from the first century B.C. on Tuesday, which New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art returned last week after U.S. investigators determined it to be a looted antiquity.

The coffin once held the mummy of Nedjemankh, a priest in the Ptolemaic Period some 2,000 years ago. It was put on display at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo.

Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anany said the repatriation of this “unique, wonderful” artifact shows a “very strong solidarity” between Egypt and the U.S.

The Met bought it from a Paris art dealer in 2017 for about $4 million and made it the centerpiece of an exhibition. The precious artifact was removed in February after proof of its theft was presented. Read more.


~ Goddess Maat (decoration on mummy wraps).

Period: Ptolemy

Date: ca. 330 B.C.

Medium: Gold plated stucco.


Relief of a Swallow

Relief plaque with a swallow, a symbol of everlasting life (limestone). This relief depicts the swallow hieroglyph. 

Small Late Period and Ptolemaic reliefs or sculptures that depict a subject in a partial or unfinished way but are themselves finished objects constitute a special class of object. 

Guidelines like those for artists are often prominently exhibited as part of the object, although, in fact, many instances can be noted where the object simply could not serve as a suitable model for a traditional formal Egyptian representation. 

Personifications of kingship, figures that may represent the now emerging demigods Imhotep and Amenhotep Son of Hapu, and popular gods like Harpokrates or Isis, are heavily represented within the corpus.

Late Period to Ptolemaic Period, ca. 400-30 BC. Now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.