|HELLENISTIC MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD, POSSIBLY PTOLEMY X ALEXANDER,
His hair in two tiers of wispy curls with a wreath with two grape leaves and part of a vine remaining.
Late 2nd Century BC
H. 8 1/2 in. (21.5 cm.)
Ex French collection.
Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, 2013, no. 5.
|He was the son of Ptolemy VIII Physcon and Cleopatra III. In 110 BC he became King with his mother as co-regent. After his mother had deposed his brother Ptolemy IX Lathyros. However, in 109 BC he was deposed by Ptolemy IX. In 107 BC he became King again, and again with his mother as co-regent. In 101 BC he had his mother killed, and ruled either alone or with his niece/wife, Berenice III. When he died, Ptolemy IX regained the throne. When Ptolemy IX died, Ptolemy X's wife Berenike III took over the throne for six months.|