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Head of a Roman Nobleman, Possibly Marc Antony

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
This head, which was made for insertion into a bust carved in another stone, represents a high-ranking Roman official. Some scholars have suggested that the subject is Cleopatra’s lover Marc Antony, but that identification is uncertain.

However, the fine-grained green Egyptian stone, which was popular with the Romans, and the naturalistic style, which reflects classical Greek statuary, indicate that the man represented here was at least a contemporary of the Egyptian queen and her Roman lover.
CULTURE Ptolemaic
MEDIUM Graywacke
  • Reportedly From: Alexandria, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 30 B.C.E.– 50 C.E.
    PERIOD Late Ptolemaic to early Roman Period
    DIMENSIONS 9 x 4 1/4 x 5 in. (22.9 x 10.8 x 12.7 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    PROVENANCE Archaeological provenance not documented; 1893, reportedly found in Alexandria, Egypt; between 1893 and 1910, provenance not yet documented; by 1910, acquired by Dr. Joseph Eddé of Alexandria; circa 1910, purchased from Dr. Joseph Eddé by Dr. Jacob Hirsch of Munich, Germany, Paris, France, New York, NY, and Switzerland; 1954, purchased from Dr. Jacob Hirsch by the Brooklyn Museum.
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    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
    CAPTION Ptolemaic. Head of a Roman Nobleman, Possibly Marc Antony, ca. 30 B.C.E.– 50 C.E. Graywacke, 9 x 4 1/4 x 5 in. (22.9 x 10.8 x 12.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 54.51. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 54.51_SL1.jpg)
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